Wales and Ospreys centre Bishop convicted of assault after drunken attack in Cardiff
15:11 GMT, 28 September 2012
Convicted: Bishop leaves Cardiff magistrates' court on Thursday
Ospreys have announced that they are carrying out an internal investigation after centre Andrew Bishop was convicted of assault at Cardiff magistrates' court.
The 27-year-old Wales international left a man needing eight stitches after punching him in the face in what was described as an 'unprovoked attack' in Cardiff city centre in the early hours of August 20.
Bishop, from Treorchy, Rhondda, admitted the assault and was ordered to pay fines and compensation of over 1,000.
Swansea-based region Ospreys say they will carry out a 'thorough investigation' into the matter, but have selected Bishop to face Munster on Saturday.
Prosecutor Katie Pidgeon told Cardiff magistrates on Thursday how an 'intoxicated' Bishop 'was sat on the ground in a doorway with his head down' when victim Allan Hornsey asked him: 'are you all right.'
The court was then told how Mr Hornsey was slapped in the face with the back of Bishop's hand before he was punched, cutting his upper lip.
'He was throwing punches with his clenched fists with both hands,' Miss Pidgeon told the court.
Bishop, who has been capped 16 times by
Wales, at first denied the assault but later admitted it when shown CCTV
footage of the incident, which took place at 2.50am.
Dragon: Bishop last appeared for Wales against the Barbarians in June (above)
Back in action: Bishop plays against Munster on Saturday
His lawyer Stuart Hutton described how his client 'enormously regretted' the incident and described Bishop as 'mild, polite and regarded as a gentleman who breaks up arguments on the rugby pitch'.
Mr Hutton added: 'He has never been disciplined or shown any card apart from a yellow for being offside.'
Bishop was ordered to pay 1,065 including a 465 fine and 500 compensation to Mr Hornsey.
Magistrate Frank Medina told Bishop: 'It
saddens the court that someone with your reputation and clean record
appears before the court.'
Bishop said: 'What happened does not
represent the person I am. I have endeavoured to conduct my life with
integrity and stand by values which are important.'
A statement posted on the Ospreys
website on Friday read: 'Following Andrew Bishop’s appearance at Cardiff
Magistrates Court on a charge of common assault yesterday and the
completion of the legal process the Ospreys can confirm that, in line
with our internal disciplinary procedures, we will be undertaking a
thorough investigation of the circumstances surrounding events on the
morning of 20 August.
'There will be no further comment on this matter from Ospreys Rugby at this time.'