Falcons ban Hall over punch

James Hall has been suspended for two weeks by Newcastle Falcons for punching an opponent.

Hall was found guilty of punching an opponent during the Falcons' 31-15 win over Plymouth Albion in the RFU Championship on November 30.

The 26-year-old prop-forward appeared to react after being blocked by Albion's Aaron Carpenter.

The club held an internal disciplinary earlier this week and handed him a 14-day ban which will see him miss the British and Irish Cup double-header with Newport.

The club said in a statement: "The foul play by James Hall during last week's game against Plymouth was unacceptable.

"James regrets his actions, and has shown a willingness to improve his future conduct."