August 8, 2018 / 5:56 AM / 7 months ago

Chokeholds have to go, but Wales Moriarty says won't change style

Britain Rugby Union - British & Irish Lions Training & Press Conference - WRU National Centre of Excellence, Vale of Glamorgan, Wales - 15/5/17 British & Irish Lions Ross Moriarty during training Action Images via Reuters / Andrew Boyers Livepic

(Reuters) - Wales back-rower Ross Moriarty says he will not change his style of play despite picking up a four-week suspension after being sent off against Argentina in June.

The 24-year-old drew criticism after being shown a red card for choking Nicolas Sanchez as Wales sealed their first test series victory in Argentina since 1999.

“I won’t change,” Moriarty told a news conference after joining PRO 14 side Dragons from Gloucester. “Being the way I am has got me to where I have today. I can’t change too much and take certain things out of my game.

“I could have done a lot worse,” Moriarty said, adding that he had been provoked. “I did what I did and got red carded and paid the price. Choking people out is going to have to go out of it. That was just a silly moment I will regret.”

Moriarty will miss the Dragons’ opening match against Benetton on Sept. 1 but will become available for their clash against Southern Kings the following week.

Reporting by Shrivathsa Sridhar in Bengaluru; Editing by Peter Rutherford

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