JWC 2013 Disciplinary hearing decisions

(IRB.COM) Saturday 15 June 2013
 
 JWC 2013 Disciplinary hearing decisions
The IRB Junior World Championship trophy

Two players have received sanctions after hearing following day three of the IRB Junior World Championship 2013 in France.

Hadleigh May (New Zealand)

 
New Zealand player Hadleigh May appeared before independent Judicial Officer, Antony Davies (England), in Nantes on Saturday 15 June, having been cited for an act contrary to good sportsmanship, namely contact with the eye or eye area, contrary to Law 10.4(m) of the Laws of the Game in his side's IRB Junior World Championship match against Ireland, played at Stade de la Rabine in Vannes on 13 June.

The player denied committing the alleged act of foul play. He admitted that contact was made with the eye or eye area but that such contact was accidental. Having heard 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 on the basis that the contact was reckless rather than intentional or deliberate and there was no significant injury. The low end range sanction has an entry point of 12 weeks.
 
The Judicial Officer did not find there to be any aggravating factors. On account of the mitigating features found he reduced the entry point sanction by four weeks to a final sanction of eight weeks. In the context of the tournament this means the player will miss the remaining two matches of the tournament and is further suspended from 9 August to 13 September 2013 inclusive. He is free to play on or after 14 September 2013.

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

The full written decision is available here.

Darcy Rae (Scotland)

Scotland player Darcy Rae appeared before independent Judicial Officer, Tim Gresson (New Zealand), in Nantes on Saturday 15 June, having been cited for a dangerous tackle contrary to Law 10.4(e) of the Laws of the Game in his side's IRB World Junior Championship match against Samoa, played at Stade Pascal Laporte in Nantes on 13 June.

The player admitted that he committed the 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 mid range of sanctions for such offences which has an entry point of six weeks.

There were no aggravating factors and the Judicial Officer allowed a maximum reduction of 50 per cent for mitigating factors which included the player's unblemished playing record, his exemplary conduct prior to and during the hearing and the early timing of his acknowledgement of culpability. The final sanction is therefore a sanction of three weeks.

In the context of the tournament this means the player will miss the remaining two matches of the tournament and is further suspended from 29 July to 4 August 2013 inclusive. He is free to play on or after 5 August 2013.

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

The full written decision is available here.