Plymouth Albion pair learn fate at RFU hearing
Plymouth Albion players Brett Beukeboom and Tom Bowen have been handed bans by a Rugby Football Union disciplinary hearing in Bristol, following dangerous tackles in the Devon club's Championship match against London Scottish last week.
Canadian lock Beukeboom has been suspended for five weeks – one week longer than Albion had internally banned him for – after picking up a red card for a tip tackle in the second half of the game at Brickfields last Friday.
Wing Bowen was handed a two-week ban for tackling a player in the air in Albion's 22-20 loss. He only received a yellow card in the game, but he was cited afterwards by an independent officer.
Bowen's ban finishes on October 21, meaning he misses Albion's British and Irish Cup matches against Nottingham at home on Friday and Stirling away on October 19.
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Beukeboom will not be able to play again until November 9, meaning he misses Albion's Cup games against Nottingham and Stirling and their Championship fixtures against Jersey, Bristol and Ealing. However, he was set to miss the Ealing game anyway, as he has been called up for Canada's autumn international programme.
With the ban, which was reduced from ten weeks to five for his conduct at Monday night's hearing and his previous good record, and his international duty, Beukeboom might not feature in an Albion shirt again until December.
“You don’t want players missing games for disciplinary reasons,” said Albion head coach James Shanahan.
“It is frustrating and puts us under pressure a bit but there’s nothing we can do about what’s happened and it gives opportunities for someone else.”