An Independent Judicial Committee has handed-down a four-week suspension to Wales player Ross Moriarty for an act of foul play contrary to Law 9.11 (grasping an opponent around the neck area).

Moriarty received a red card during the second test between Argentina and Wales in Santa Fe on 16 June. His case was heard by David Hurley (Chair), Beth Dickens (former Scotland international) and Becky Essex (former England international) on 17 June.

Moriarty admitted the act of foul play, accepted the red card and apologised for his actions.

Having conducted a detailed review of all the available evidence, the Independent Judicial Committee deemed the offence to be at the mid-range scale of seriousness, which has an entry point of six weeks.

However, taking into account the aggravating factor that the player did not desist from his actions on the direction of the assistant referee (which resulted in an addition of an extra week) and mitigating factors including the player’s immediate apology and disciplinary record (which resulted in a deduction of three weeks), the player was suspended for a period of four weeks.

The suspension, which is based on Moriarty’s playing schedule, will end following his club’s first match of the 2018-19 PRO14 season.

The player has 48 hours in which to appeal from receipt of the written decision.