Danny Cipriani has received a three-week ban for his high tackle on Rory Scannell in Gloucester’s loss to Munster in the European Champions Cup.
The fly-half was shown a red card in the 29th minute at Thomond Park after his shoulder connected with Munster centre Scannell’s head.
Cipriani’s sentence is lighter than the five-week suspension recently handed out to Toulouse centre Jerome Kaino for a similar tackle on Bath’s Jamie Roberts.
The ban covers three Premiership matches, meaning the 30-year-old will next be available against Leicester Tigers on November 16.
He was recently omitted by Eddie Jones for England’s upcoming internationals against South Africa, New Zealand, Japan and Australia.
Meanwhile, Castres number eight Maama Vaipulu was given a six-game ban for striking Exeter Chiefs hooker Luke Cowan-Dickie in another Champions Cup encounter last weekend.
Vaipulu was given his marching orders following the incident late in the first half of a 29-25 victory for the Top 14 champions.
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