May 31, 2017 / 4:03 PM / 8 months ago

Wood misses England tour of Argentina due to stamping ban

LONDON (Reuters) - Northampton Saints flanker Tom Wood was banned for six weeks on Wednesday for a stamping incident that cost him a place in England’s squad for next month’s tour of Argentina.

The 30-year-old had been named in Eddie Jones’s squad for England’s June 10 and 17 tests in Argentina but was dropped from a revised 32-man list this week given the likelihood of a suspension.

Wood was sent off during last Friday’s European Champions Cup playoff win over Stade Francais for stamping on fullback Djibril Camara.

Britain Rugby Union - Northampton Saints v Stade Francais Paris - European Rugby Champions Cup Play-Off Final - Franklin's Gardens - 26/5/17 Northampton Saints' Tom Wood before being sent off Action Images via Reuters / Tony O'Brien Livepic

European Professional Club rugby said in a statement that an independent disciplinary committee hearing ruled there had been “reckless contact” with Camara’s head.

The committee decided a 12-week ban would be appropriate but halved it after taking into account Wood’s guilty plea, expression of remorse and good disciplinary record.

The sanction will include Northampton’s pre-season warm-up matches, with Wood free to play again on Aug. 28.

Reporting by Alan Baldwin, editing by Ed Osmond

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