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Gloucester’s May receives three-game ban for dangerous tackle

Jonny May has received a three-game suspension for a dangerous tackle during his Gloucester side’s defeat to Bath on Friday.

May broke Ollie Lawrence’s nose with the tackle as Gloucester were thumped 45-27 at home by Bath, leading to the 33-year-old being punished for the head-on-head collision on Wednesday. Lawrence was able to finish the game.

The incident occurred during May’s first outing for Gloucester this season having returned from the World Cup, retiring from international duty following England’s semi-final exit to South Africa.

While May has been suspended for three matches, his ban could be reduced to two games should he complete a World Rugby coach intervention programme, meaning he could be back for Gloucester’s clash with Bristol on December 2.

May accepted the charge, saying in a written statement: “I am relieved that Ollie was able to continue and finish the match although I apologise for the injury caused to him.

“I pride myself on my work ethic and developing my game and I will be working on my decision making and attacking breakdown technique in training, and I will ensure I continue to improve in this area.”

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