Hertford Highlander

When ‘Compelling Mitigation’ means a RWC is looming !

Written by Gwyn Pratley (Hertford Highlander)

Posted in :In the news on 12 Apr 2011 at 10:31
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Planet Rugby reports Mark Cueto will grace our screen in New Zealand at the RWC later this year

Sale wing Mark Cueto has been handed a nine-week ban for gouging – meaning he will be available for selection ahead of England’s World Cup warm up Tests.

Cueto pleaded guilty at a Rugby Football Union disciplinary hearing to the charge of making contact with the eye or eye area of Northampton lock Christian Day during the Sharks’ Aviva Premiership defeat on April 2.

The RFU’s disciplinary panel judged Cueto’s actions to have been a mid-range offence, but the 31-year-old escaped the maximum punishment of 18 weeks under what the RFU described as “compelling mitigation.”

The wing’s sanction was halved and back-dated to start on April 4, the day Cueto was handed a six-week internal suspension by his club.

With the 51-Test cap international set miss the rest of the Premiership season it remains to be seen what role he will play in England’s World Cup campaign.

Cueto started all nine of England’s Tests this season but a two-month absence from competition will surely be a set-back to his selection hopes.

He is however expected to be part of the group that assembles for England’s training camp on June 20 and he is available for the Tests against Wales and Ireland.

England’s first game at the World Cup is against Argentina in Dunedin on September 10.

The incident occurred as Cueto and Day, who are former Sale team-mates, fought off the ball at Franklin’s Gardens. Television footage showed Cueto placing his bent fingers hand on Day’s face.


  • We need Cueto at the world cup. Who else will put his toe out while putting the ball over for a try? They should cut it to 4 weeks and just let him get on with getting match fit.

  • Comment 1, posted at 12.04.11 11:38:47 by rugbypedia Reply
  • @rugbypedia (Comment 1) : šŸ˜†

  • Comment 2, posted at 12.04.11 12:09:32 by Hertford Highlander Reply
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