Bath winger Semesa Rokoduguni handed three-week ban

Semesa Rokoduguni was red carded during the game against Wasps
Semesa Rokoduguni was red carded during the game against Wasps

Bath Rugby winger Semesa Rokoduguni has been handed a three-week ban following his red-card incident in the recently concluded Gallagher Premiership game against Wasps.

The 34-year-old was sent-off following a high tackle on Wasps centre Sam Spink at the start of the second half and his absence proved decisive as they went on to lose the encounter with a 41-24 margin.

A statement released by the independent panel revealed that Rokoduguni was guilty of breaching World Rugby Law 9.13 but his three match ban can be reduced by a week if he completes a World Rugby Coaching Intervention Programme.

"Rokoduguni received a red card in the second half of the match against Wasps on Saturday 12 February, for dangerous tackling contrary to World Rugby Law 9.13. He accepted the charge and received a three-match ban. He is free to play again on 8 March.

"The club indicated its intention to apply to World Rugby to access the Coaching Intervention Programme and the panel gave permission for this request.

"In the event that the application is allowed and the programme completed, the player will only miss two matches and will be free to play against Bristol on 5 March."

Rokoduguni will now miss Bath's games against Leicester and Newcastle and will be available for the encounter against Bristol Bears on 5th March if he successfully completes the coaching intervention programme.