JWC 2013 disciplinary hearing decisions

(IRB.COM) Saturday 8 June 2013
 
 JWC 2013 disciplinary hearing decisions

Three players have received sanctions after hearings following day one of the IRB Junior World Championship 2013 in France.

Senio Toleafoa (Australia)

Australian player Senio Toleafoa appeared before independent Judicial Officer, Simon Thomas (Wales), in Nantes on Friday 7 June, having been cited for an offence of stamping in his side's IRB World Junior Championship match against Ireland, played at Stade de la Rabine in Vannes on 5 June.
 
The player admitted committing an act of foul play contrary to Law 10.4(b) of the Laws of rugby union. Having reviewed all of the evidence the Judicial Officer determined the matter to fall within the Low End of sanctions for such offences which has an entry point of a 2 week suspension. In the absence of any aggravating factors and having heard mitigating factors on behalf of the player as to his good record and character the Judicial Officer reduced the entry point sanction by one week which in the context of the tournament means the player misses his next match on Sunday but is free to play on or after 10 June.

The player has 48 hours from receipt of the written decision to appeal.

The full written decision of the hearing is available here.

Sevanaia Galala (Fiji)

Fijian player Sevanaia Galala appeared before independent Judicial Officer, Jean-Noël Couraud (France), in Nantes on Friday 7 June, following a receipt of a red card for a dangerous tackle in his side's IRB World Junior Championship match against New Zealand, played at Stade de la Rabine in Vannes on 5 June.

The player admitted the red card offence contrary to Law 10.4(j) of the Laws of rugby union. Having reviewed all of the evidence the Judicial Officer determined the matter to fall within the mid range of sanctions for such offences which has an entry point of 8 weeks. In the way of aggravating factors, tackles involving a player being lifted off the ground and tipped horizontally and then forced or dropped to the ground are illegal and constitute dangerous play. The IRB Memorandum issued on 8 June 2009 stated that such tackles “must be dealt with severely by referees and those involved in the off-field disciplinary process", therefore one week was added to the entry point by the Judicial Officer.

Having heard mitigating factors on behalf of the player as to his good record and character the Judicial Officer reduced the final sanction to six weeks. In the context of the tournament this means the player will miss the remainder of the tournament and is further suspended from 13 to 27 July 2013 inclusive. He is free to play on or after 28 July 2013.

The player has 48 hours from receipt of the written decision to appeal.

The full written decision of the hearing is available here.

Viliame Rarasea (Fiji)

Fijian player Viliame Rarasea appeared before independent Judicial Officer, Jean-Noël  Couraud (France), in Nantes on Friday 7 June, following a receipt of a red card for a dangerous tackle in his side's IRB World Junior Championship match against New Zealand, played at Stade de la Rabine, Vannes on 5 June.

The player challenged the red card, however having reviewed all of the evidence the Judicial Officer determined that the challenge to the referee's decision to order him off should not be upheld. He determined the matter to fall within the low end range of sanctions for such offences which has an entry point of 2 weeks.

In the way of aggravating factors, the IRB Memorandum issued on 21 January 2011 in relation to dangerous (high) tackles stated that such tackles “must be dealt with severely by referees and those involved in the off-field disciplinary process", therefore one week was added to the entry point.

Having heard mitigating factors on behalf of the player as to his good record and character the Judicial Officer reduced the final sanction to two weeks. In the context of the tournament this means the player will miss the scheduled matches on 9 and 13 June 2013. He is free to play again from 14 June 2013.

The player has 48 hours from receipt of the written decision to appeal.

The full written decision of the hearing is available here.