JWC 2013 Disciplinary hearing decisions

(IRB.COM) Sunday 23 June 2013
 
 JWC 2013 Disciplinary hearing decisions
The IRB Junior World Championship trophy

Two players attended a disciplinary hearing in Nantes after round five of the IRB Junior World Championship 2013.

Melani Nanai (Samoa)

Samoan player Melani Nanai appeared before independent Judicial Officer, Tim Gresson (New Zealand), in Nantes on Sunday 23 June, following a receipt of a red card for a dangerous tackle in his side's IRB World Junior Championship match against Scotland, played at Stade Pascal Laporte, Nantes on 23 June.

The player accepted the red card offence in that although he executed the tackle correctly he accepted that it was late. Having reviewed all of the evidence the Judicial Officer determined the matter to fall within the low end range of sanctions for such offences which has an entry point of two weeks.

The Judicial Officer did not find there to be any aggravating factors. Having heard mitigating factors on behalf of the player as to his good record and character the Judicial Officer reduced the final sanction to one week. The player is suspended from his club’s first match this week in New Zealand. He is free to play again from 09:00 GMT on 1 July 2013.

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

The full decision is available here

Dominic Barrow (England)

England player Dominic Barrow appeared before independent Judicial Officer Jean-Noël Couraud (France) in Vannes on Sunday 23 June, having been cited for a strike with the knee contrary to Law 10.4(a) of the Laws of the Game in his side's IRB Junior World Championship match against Wales, played at Stade de la Rabine in Vannes on 23 June.

The player did not accept that the alleged incident amounted to Foul Play, however having reviewed all the evidence before him 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 eight 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. The player is suspended from all rugby from 8 July to 4 August inclusive. He is free to resume playing on 5 August.

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

The full decision is available here.