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Albion ban Andrew in wake of mass brawl

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: November 27, 2012

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Plymouth Albion have suspended prop Jack Andrew for three games following his red card for his part in a mass brawl against Bristol at Brickfields last Saturday.

The Championship club have also said in a statement how much they "regret" the shocking incident, which involved all 30 players on the field and which lasted for a good couple of minutes.

Albion held an internal disciplinary hearing following the game, which they lost 21-8. As Andrew received a red card, he automatically has to appear in front of a Rugby Football Union disciplinary panel.

Albion decided to issue their own punishment before he appears before the sport's governing body. A club statement issued last night read: "Following a meeting of the Plymouth Albion disciplinary committee, the decision has been taken to suspend Jack Andrew for the red card offence against Bristol.

"The suspension is effective immediately and covers the next three matches against Newcastle on Friday, November 30, and Aberavon on Saturday, December 8, and Friday, December 14.

"As a club we very much regret the unfortunate incident that took place during Saturday's match but, at this stage, do not wish to make further comment pending other possible disciplinary measures."

Albion and Bristol are likely to find out in the next 48 hours if the RFU is going to take any further action against them or any of their players.

Canada international lock Brett Beukeboom is hoping he can force his way back into Albion's squad for Friday's trip to Championship leaders Newcastle Falcons.

Beukeboom and fellow Canadian forward Aaron Carpenter have missed Albion's last two matches due to international duty.

Carpenter started all three of Canada's autumn internationals against Samoa, Russia and Maori All Blacks, while Beukeboom came on as a replacement twice.

Beukeboom had been struggling with a neck injury before he left to join up with his Canadian team-mates, but he has said it is better now.

Beukeboom, who was at Brickfields last Saturday to see Albion's defeat to Bristol, said: "Hopefully, I can contribute to the team as much as possible. We will prepare this week and hopefully we can turn some heads up in Newcastle. It is always good to test ourselves against the best."

Canada won one of their three games, a 35-3 victory over Russia in their second match. They lost 42-12 to Samoa in their first fixture and were beaten 32-19 by the Maori All Blacks last Friday at Oxford.

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