LOOSEHEAD prop Ryan Bower has been suspended for two weeks for his red card in Worcester Warriors’ 52-7 victory over Bristol Bears at Sixways on Sunday.

The second-half replacement was dismissed by referee Wayne Barnes on 68 minutes for "dangerous play in a ruck" after his shoulder made contact with Bristol centre Will Hurrell’s head.

Following his sending off in the Gallagher Premiership clash the 27-year-old attended an independent disciplinary panel on Tuesday night.

Bower accepted the charge and was banned by the panel chaired by Daniel White. The front rower is free to play again on October 23.

“The panel found that the player had been in control of his actions when entering the ruck and had not charged in off his feet," White said.

“However it was accepted by the player that he had made direct contact with the head of Will Hurrell.

"As a result the mandatory entry point of mid-range applied.

"The panel allowed maximum credit on account of the player's plea, previous clear record and all other mitigating features being present.

"He is suspended for two weeks and is free to play again on Tuesday, October 23.”

Bower will be unavailable for Warriors’ European Challenge Cup clashes against Stade Francais in Paris on Saturday (8pm) and Ospreys at Sixways seven days later (3pm).