Liam Williams: Scarlets wing suspended for Wales’ Six Nations opener towards Eire
Liam Williams will miss Wales’ opening Six Nations sport after being given a three-match ban for his crimson card in Scarlets’ Pro14 derby defeat by Cardiff Blues.
British and Irish Lions again Williams was despatched off for his harmful entry right into a ruck.
Williams, 29, entered a ruck and his head made direct contact with Cardiff Blues flanker Shane Lewis-Hughes.
Wales face Eire of their opening sport of the Six Nations on 7 February.
The ban is for 3 “significant matches”, with Scarlets anticipated to convey ahead a Pro14 match towards Cardiff Blues subsequent weekend to cowl European competitors postponements.
Scarlets then face Leinster in a rearranged Pro14 match on 30 January earlier than the opening Six Nations weekend, which might full Williams’ ban and make him accessible for the journey to face Scotland on 13 February.
Williams was enjoying his first sport for six weeks after struggling an damage towards Italy in December. It was solely his second video games in his second stint with Scarlets after rejoining the Welsh area from Saracens.
A Pro14 assertion learn: “The participant was proven a crimson card throughout the Cardiff Blues v Scarlets sport on January 8 at Cardiff Metropolis Stadium by referee Craig Evans (WRU) below Regulation 9.20 (b) – A participant should not make contact with an opponent above the road of the shoulders.
“The participant accepted he had dedicated an act of foul play which warranted a crimson card. The incident was discovered to benefit a mid-range entry level, which signifies a four-week suspension for this offence.
“The judicial officer decided that there have been elements, together with the participant’s regret, which warranted mitigation of 1 week.
“The participant is suspended from taking part within the subsequent three significant fixtures for which he’s match and accessible for choice.”
Talking after the match and earlier than the decision, Scarlets head coach Glenn Delaney mentioned: “It did not seem like a lot at actual pace however as soon as they’ve slowed it down and determined what they felt it was, that is the end result we bought.
“Liam’s clearly a high quality participant and he was including to the event. It takes away the chance for him to play for us, which is a disgrace, however we battled on.”
After being proven the crimson card, Williams informed referee Craig Evans: “Going to start out enjoying contact, is it?”
Requested about Williams’ remark, Delaney responded: “I did not hear that. He is simply apologetic and he is an excellent, sincere man.
“He simply feels disillusioned that he is not on the market with the boys to maintain enjoying. It is a disgrace he did not get to see the competition out.”