Ruddock calls for Henson appeal


Wales head coach Mike Ruddock today urged the Ospreys management to strongly consider appealing against Gavin Henson's 10-week suspension.

Henson will miss the first three games of Wales' RBS 6 Nations defence after being found guilty of elbowing Leicester prop Alejandro Moreno in the Tigers' Heineken Cup victory on December 18.

Ruddock agreed Henson had a case to answer after Moreno was left with a broken nose, but he believes the suspension was harsh. And he has accused rugby's disciplinary bodies of lacking consistency.

“I will be interested to see whether the Ospreys appeal the citing decision. I think they should certainly consider it very strongly,” said Ruddock.

“I have looked at it a few times and I can't condone foul play. No doubt Gavin has a case to answer, but I am not sure if the length of ban is spot-on.
“I'll leave the Ospreys to judge that as they listened to the evidence that was given for an against in the hearing. They are best placed to lodge an appeal, but my advice would be to consider it very strongly.