Richard Ferguson

Hartley banned, Best called up

Written by Richard Ferguson (Richard Ferguson)

Posted in :Original Content on 27 May 2013 at 08:21
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Rory Best is the first, and certainly not the last, backup player to get a call up to the British & Irish Lions squad.

The call up is not as a result of injury, rather a lengthy ban picked up by Dylan Hartley ruling him out of the tour.

Hartley was cited and subsequently banned for 11 weeks, following his verbal abuse of referee Wayne Barnes. Hartley called Barnes a cheat during his club Northampton’s defeat to Leicester in the Premiership final, for which he received a straight red card.

Hartley stated that the comments were aimed at Leicester player Tom Youngs, but was still found guilty by a disciplinary panel.

Hartley will appeal the decision, and the uncertainty surrounding his availability for the matches has led to Best getting the call.


  • Justice for Best who should’ve been there in the 1st place

  • Comment 1, posted at 27.05.13 08:37:31 by Ludz Reply
  • The rugby world can do without this chop.

    Banned numerous times for all sorts including ‘gouging’.

    Good riddance.

  • Comment 2, posted at 27.05.13 10:10:56 by McLovin Reply

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