Here are the details of the independent disciplinary hearings following the Champions Cup and Challenge Cup Round 2.

CHAMPIONS CUP – Citing complaints

Dylan Hartley (Northampton Saints)

EPCR has received a citing complaint against the Northampton Saints hooker, Dylan Hartley (No 2), following his club’s Champions Cup, Round 2 match against ASM Clermont Auvergne at Stade Marcel-Michelin on Saturday, 21 October 2017.

Hartley, who was shown a yellow card following the incident by match referee, Ben Whitehouse (Wales), is alleged to have struck the ASM Clermont Auvergne prop, Rabah Slimani (No 3), in the 30th minute of the match in contravention of Law 10.4 (a).

The complaint was made by the match Citing Commissioner, Douglas Hunter (Scotland).

Jeremy Summers (England), Chairman, Rhian Williams (Wales) and Frank Hadden (Scotland) have been appointed as the independent Disciplinary Committee for the hearing which will take place in London on Wednesday 25 October.

Law 10.4 (a) Striking with the hand
Under World Rugby's Sanctions for Foul Play, Law 10.4 (a), striking with the hand, carries the following sanction entry points – Low End: 2 weeks; Mid-range: 4 weeks; Top end: 8 to 52 weeks.

Nathan Hughes (Wasps)

EPCR has received a citing complaint against the Wasps No 8, Nathan Hughes, following his club’s Champions Cup, Round 2 match against Harlequins at the Ricoh Arena on Sunday, 22 October 2017.

Hughes is alleged to have tackled the Harlequins fly half, Marcus Smith (No 10), dangerously in the 29th minute of the match in contravention of Law 10.4 (e). The complaint was made by the match Citing Commissioner, Murray Whyte (Ireland).

Roger Morris (Wales), Chairman, Andrea Caranci (Italy) and a third member to be confirmed, have been appointed as the independent Disciplinary Committee for the hearing which will take place in London on Wednesday 25 October.

Law 10.4 (e) Dangerous tackling
Under World Rugby's Sanctions for Foul Play, Law 10.4 (e), dangerous tackling, carries the following sanction entry points – Low End: 2 weeks; Mid-range: 6 weeks; Top end: 10 to 52 weeks.

Dave Ward (Harlequins)

EPCR has received a citing complaint against the Harlequins player, Dave Ward (No 7), following his club’s Champions Cup, Round 2 match against Wasps at the Ricoh Arena on Sunday, 22 October 2017.

Ward is alleged to have struck the Wasps flanker, Thomas Young (No 7), with his head in the 47th minute of the match in contravention of Law 10.4 (a). The complaint was made by the match Citing Commissioner, Murray Whyte (Ireland).

Julian Morris (England), Chairman, Philippe Cavalieros (France) and Owain Rhys James (Wales) have been appointed as the independent Disciplinary Committee for the hearing which will take place in London on Wednesday 25 October.

Law 10.4 (a) Striking with the head
Under World Rugby's Sanctions for Foul Play, Law 10.4 (a), striking with the head, carries the following sanction entry points – Low End: 4 weeks; Mid-range: 10 weeks; Top end: 16 to 104 weeks.

Joe Marler (Harlequins)

EPCR has received a citing complaint against the Harlequins prop, Joe Marler (No 1), following his club’s Champions Cup, Round 2 match against Wasps at the Ricoh Arena on Sunday, 22 October 2017.

Marler, who was shown a yellow card following the incident by match referee Mathieu Raynal (France), is alleged to have struck the Wasps second row, Will Rowlands (No 5), with his elbow in the 48th minute of the match in contravention of Law 10.4 (a).

The complaint was made by the match Citing Commissioner, Murray Whyte (Ireland).
Jeremy Summers (England), Chairman, Rhian Williams (Wales) and Frank Hadden (Scotland) have been appointed as the independent Disciplinary Committee for the hearing which will take place in London on Wednesday 25 October.

Law 10.4 (a) Striking with the elbow
Under World Rugby's Sanctions for Foul Play, Law 10.4 (a), striking with the elbow, carries the following sanction entry points – Low End: 2 weeks; Mid-range: 6 weeks; Top end: 10 to 52 weeks.

CHALLENGE CUP – Citing complaint

Dmitrii Gerasimov (Ensei-STM)

EPCR has received a citing complaint against the Enisei-STM centre, Dmitrii Gerasimov (No 12), following his
club’s Challenge Cup, Round 2 match against Dragons at Slava Stadium, Moscow on Saturday, 21 October 2017.

Gerasimov is alleged to have struck the Dragons flanker, Ollie Griffiths (No 7), with his elbow in the 23rd minute of the match in contravention of Law 10.4 (a). The complaint was made by the match Citing Commissioner, Jean-Claude Lunel (France).

Julian Morris (England), Chairman, Philippe Cavalieros (France) and Owain Rhys James (Wales) have been appointed as the independent Disciplinary Committee for the hearing which will take place by video conference on Wednesday 25 October.

Law 10.4 (a) Striking with the elbow
Under World Rugby's Sanctions for Foul Play, Law 10.4 (a), striking with the elbow, carries the following sanction entry points – Low End: 2 weeks; Mid-range: 6 weeks; Top end: 10 to 52 weeks.

Notes
 
(i) Citing Commissioner
a) Citing Commissioners are appointed by EPCR for all European Rugby Champions Cup and Challenge Cup matches and shall be entitled to cite a player for any act or acts of Foul Play that in the Citing Commissioner's opinion warranted a red card.
b) For such matches, clubs will not have the power to cite a player but may refer incidents to the Citing Commissioner within 26 hours of the start of the match.
c) The Citing Commissioner will have 50 hours from the start of the match to make a citing. In certain circumstances this deadline can be extended.
d) The tournament Disciplinary Officer may forward the submitted citing to a Citing Officer to determine whether there are sufficient grounds for the citing to progress.
e) The Disciplinary Officer will then bring a charge against the cited player.
(ii) Disciplinary Hearing
a) The independent Disciplinary Committee or independent Judicial Officer are chosen by the chairman of the independent Disciplinary Panel, Mike Hamlin.
b) EPCR's Disciplinary Officer presents the case against the player.
c) If a decision is upheld, the Disciplinary Committee or Judicial Officer will be required to consider the appropriate sanction under World Rugby's sanctioning regime, which EPCR is obliged to follow. The seriousness of the player's actions will be first assessed in order to determine which of the three stipulated entry points (lower end, mid-range and top end) is the most appropriate.
d) The Disciplinary Committee or Judicial Officer will determine the appropriate entry point based on an assessment of a number of particular characteristics of the player's actions, including whether or not they were intentional, whether or not they caused any injuries and whether or not they had any effect on the relevant match.
e) After deciding the entry point, the Disciplinary Committee or Judicial Officer will then consider whether the suspension should be increased from the entry point to take account of certain specified aggravating factors, such as a poor disciplinary record or the need for deterrence, and/or decreased from the entry point to take account of certain specified mitigating actions, such as a guilty plea, a good disciplinary record, the player's conduct at the hearing and expressions of remorse.
f) A suspension is a blanket ban from playing rugby union anywhere in the world. Players are suspended on the basis that a one-week period of suspension would ordinarily result in a player missing one match. Suspensions take into account periods of inactivity (such as the close season), periods when a player is injured or otherwise not fit to play, and when a player is not available or not expected to play. Suspensions should also take into account any out-of-season matches which are not considered to be meaningful, or which are not close enough to the season to be a determining factor in a player’s future selection.
g) Both parties to the hearing (EPCR and the player) have the right to appeal decisions. Appeals must be lodged within three (3) working days of receiving the full written decision of the Disciplinary Committee or Judicial Officer.
h) The full written decision will be available on www.epcrugby.com/discipline/decisions.php when the disciplinary process is complete.
i) For World Rugby's Sanctions for Foul Play, found at Appendix 1 to World Rugby Regulation 17, please go to www.worldrugby.org