GLOUCESTER prop Patrice Collazo has been suspended for one week following a Rugby Football Union disciplinary hearing at the Bristol Filton Holiday Inn last night and will miss Sunday's Heineken Cup game against Edinburgh.
Collazo was cited for striking Bath Rugby's Dan Smith with his hand and forearm during the EDF Energy Cup match at Kingsholm on Saturday December 2nd and his case case was presented by Mr Richard Smith QC on behalf of Gloucester Rugby.
The RFU panel of Christopher Quinlan (Chairman), Mike Rafter and Aurwel Morgan (WRU) decided the offence, which Collazo pleaded guilty to, was that of low entry and the player will be free to play again after December 19th
With such a short turnaround between the two games, and Gloucester looking to reintegrate several players into the line-up after the Autumn international series, Tom Savage told GRTV that the Cherry and Whites will keep changes to a minimum for the European Rugby Challenge Cup game in Zebre on Saturday.
Gloucester travel to Italy this weekend to take on Zebre in Round Four of the European Rugby Challenge Cup. The Cherry and Whites defeated the Italian side 35-10 last Sunday, but Director of Rugby David Humphreys is looking for an improved performance in the return fixture.
Skipper Billy Twelvetrees, speaking to GRTV after the 35-10 over Zebre, was happy with the bonus point win over the Italian side but admitted Gloucester will need to tighten up for the return fixture in Parma.
Matt Kvesic was a try scorer and recipient of the Man of the Match award in Sunday's 35-10 European Rugby Challenge Cup win over Zebre. He praised the Italian side for their spirited opposition and admitted that next week's return game will be a tough one.