Northampton Saints flanker Tom Wood has been handed a three-week suspension for a dangerous clear-out of Leinster's Josh Van der Flier in Saturday's Champions Cup clash at the RDS. 

French referee Pierre Brousset did not feel the incident warranted a red card but citing commissioner John Montgomery took a different view after the match, which Leinster won 35-19. 

In the 69th minute, Wood arrived to clear-out a ruck, making contact with the Leinster flanker's head in the process. 

At today's online hearing, Wood pled guilty to the offence and was suspended for three weeks. 

In their statement, the committee said they "upheld the citing complaint from the commissioner that Wood had made contact with Van der Flier's neck and head area in a dangerous manner which warranted a red card.

"It then determined that the offence was at the mid-range of World Rugby's sanctions and four weeks was selected as the appropriate entry point.

"There were no aggravating factors and taking into account the player's guilty plea and expression of remorse, the committee reduced the sanction by one week before imposing a three week suspension."

The suspension means that Wood will miss Northampton's three upcoming Premiership games against Worcester Warriors, London Irish and Leicester Tigers, returning to action on 11 January. 

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