Northampton and England hooker Dylan Hartley has been given an 8 week ban after he was found guilty of biting Ireland flanker Stephen Ferris during England’s 30-9 victory in the final match of the RBS Six Nations 2012.
Hartley will miss the rest of the domestic season with Northampton, although his suspension does expire on May 13th meaning that if Northampton were to make the Aviva Premiership final, he would be eligible for selection. This is Hartley’s second ban for a serious offence after he received a 6 month ban for gouging back in 2007, forcing him to miss the Rugby World Cup.
What are your thoughts on the punishment? Is it long enough?