Luan de Bruin (South Africa)
South African player Luan de Bruin appeared before independent Judicial Officer, Jean-Noël Couraud (France), in Nantes on Tuesday 11 June, having been cited for a dangerous lifting tackle contrary to Law 10.4(j) of the Laws of the Game in his side's IRB World Junior Championship match against England, played at Stade Henri Desgrange in La Roche sur Yon on 9 June.
The player denied committing the alleged act of foul play. Having reviewed all of the evidence the Judicial Officer upheld the citing complaint against the player. He determined the matter to fall within the low end range of sanctions for such offences which has an entry point of four 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 sanction by one week, to a final sanction of four weeks. In the context of the tournament this means the player will miss the remainder of the tournament and is further suspended from 29 June to 5 July 2013 inclusive. He is free to play on or after 6 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.