Nick Wood: Gloucester prop given eight-week ban for head stamp

Gloucester prop Nick Wood has been banned for eight weeks for stamping on Saracens flanker Jacques Burger's head.

Wood was shown the second-fastest red card in Premiership history just 73 seconds into Sunday's game at Allianz Park, which Sarries won 44-12.

The 30-year-old's case was heard in Bristol by a three-man Rugby Football Union disciplinary panel.

He will miss five Premiership games and two Heineken Cup pool matches and be sidelined until 13 November.

Wood will be unavailable for matches against Northampton, Newcastle, Exeter, Bath and Wasps, the European games against Perpignan and Munster, and a LV= Cup meeting against Northampton.

The fastest sending-off in Premiership history remains Mick Watson's  dismissal after 42 seconds when playing for London Scottish against Bath in May 1999.