Munster prop James Cronin has been handed a four-week suspension by a disciplinary committee for stamping on Leinster scrum-half Jamison Gibson-Park during his side’s Guinness Pro12 defeat to their provincial rivals last weekend.
Cronin was cited for the second-half stamping incident, with the prop making contact with Gibson-Park’s face.
Leinster went on to enjoy a 25-14 victory at the Aviva Stadium.
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Cronin, who has the right to appeal, is due to miss his side’s Champions Cup encounters against Racing and Glasgow, and the Pro12 fixtures against Ulster and Ospreys.
A statement Pro12 statement read: “The disciplinary committee, chaired by Rod McKenzie along with Kathrine Mackie and Rory Bannerman (all Scotland), having considered all of the evidence and listened to representations by and on behalf of Mr Cronin, found that Mr Cronin had committed an act of foul play under Law 10.4(b) that warranted a red card (namely, recklessly stamping on the head of an opponent).
“Having heard submissions on sanction, the disciplinary committee concluded that the offending was at the mid range of World Rugby's scale of seriousness for this type of offending, which has an entry point of five weeks. After taking into account mitigating factors, the disciplinary committee determined the appropriate sanction to be a playing suspension of four weeks.”