Nathan Hughes hearing result

Please note the club will not comment further until we have received the full judgement.


Nathan Hughes (Wasps Rugby) appeared before an RFU Disciplinary panel this evening, charged with striking with the knee and/or shin, contrary to Law 10.4(a), during Northampton Saints v Wasps RFC on Friday March 27 in the Aviva Premiership.

Hughes was found guilty of the charge and given a three-week ban*, starting today (March 31). He is free to play again on April 28.

Commenting on the judgement, Sir James Dingemans said:

“This was a three week ban on the basis that no intention was found. However, there was recklessness meaning that, notwithstanding the harm, it was a low entry point of four weeks with mitigation of one week to reflect his previous clean playing record.”

The Panel comprised Sir James Dingemans (Chair), Aidan O'Brien and Martyn Wood.

*To include three meaningful fixtures.

RFU Spokesperson

“Nathan Hughes is required, as per the judgement, to miss three meaningful games. He is currently scheduled to miss Toulon (European quarter-final), London Welsh (Aviva Premiership) and Exeter Chiefs (Aviva Premiership) within the ban period.

“Should Wasps Rugby progress through to the European semi-finals however, then the end date of the ban will be brought forward by one week (April 21), replacing the Aviva Premiership game vs Exeter Chiefs with the European semi-final.”