Liam Williams to miss Wales against Ireland at Six Nations on February 7 | Rugby news

Scarlets player suspended for three matches after being sent off for dangerous entry into a scrum; ex-Saracens player could be available for Six Nations second game against Scotland in mid-February

Last updated: 01/14/21 14:18 pm

Liam Williams has made over 60 appearances for Wales

Liam Williams will miss the Six Nations opener in Wales, having been banned from three games for his red card in the Scarlets’ loss in the PRO14 derby by Cardiff Blues.

Returning British and Irish Lions Williams will miss Ireland’s visit to Cardiff on February 7.

He was sent off for diving into a scrum and making contact with the head of Blues forward Shane Lewis-Hughes.

A PRO14 statement read: “The player accepted that he had committed an act of foul play which warranted a red card.

“The incident deserved a mid-range entry point, indicating a four-week suspension for this offense.

“The judicial officer determined that there were factors, including the player’s remorse, which justified a reduction of one week.

“The player is suspended from participation in the next three significant matches for which he is fit and available for selection.”

The ban is expected to cover two Scarlets games, with the region scheduled to offer a PRO14 game next weekend to cover postponements from European competitions.

Scarlets will then face Leinster in a revamped Championship match on January 30, ahead of the Six Nations opening weekend.

Williams is hopeful that the Scarlets’ planned pre-Six Nations games will be played with Wales, who travel to Scotland on February 13.

The Scarlets ’29-20 loss to the Blues was Williams’ first game after being injured against Italy in December.

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