Northampton Saints Scrum-Half Tom James Faces Three-Week Ban for Head Striking Incident

Northampton Holy people’s scrum-half, Tom James, is set to serve a three-week suspension following an episode in their new Bosses Cup match against Toulon.

During the 70th minute of the game, the 30-year-old was cited for striking Toulon’s number nine, Ben White, with his head. The charge was confirmed by an independent disciplinary panel, leading to James’ suspension until January 8.

Although the severity of the offence could have resulted in a six-week ban, the panel decided on a three-week suspension, deeming it to be on the lower end of the scale.

In spite of this setback, the Saints clinched a 22-19 victory against Toulon, secured by a late try from Tom Lockett. With two wins in as many games, they currently lead their group.

The team is gearing up for Premiership action this Saturday, facing Gloucester in an away game.

Tom James, a key player since joining the club from Doncaster Knights in 2020, has featured prominently this season with 12 appearances, including seven starts.

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