JWC 2014: Disciplinary

(IRB.COM) Monday 16 June 2014
 
 JWC 2014: Disciplinary
The IRB Junior World Championship is taking place in New Zealand from 2-20 June

The following players have attended disciplinary hearings during the IRB Junior World Championship 2014 in New Zealand.

Henry Stowers (Samoa)

Samoa player Henry Stowers appeared before independent Judicial Officer, Chris Morris (New Zealand), in Auckland on Monday 16 June, having being cited for an act of Foul Play contrary to Law 10.4(c), namely kicking an opponent in his side's IRB Junior World Championship match against Australia, played at QBE Stadium in North Harbour on 15 June 2014. 

The player admitted the act of Foul Play. Having heard all of the evidence the Judicial Officer determined the actions were not deliberate but were reckless and therefore warranted a mid-range sanction which has an entry point of eight weeks.

On account of the mitigating features found, including the good disciplinary record of the player, his early admission including immediate on-field apology and his age and experience, he reduced the entry point sanction by four weeks to a final sanction of four weeks.

In the context of the tournament this means the player will miss the remaining match of the tournament and is further suspended from 21 June until midnight on 12 July 2014. He is free to play on or after 13 July 2014.

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

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James Tucker (New Zealand)

New Zealand player James Tucker appeared before independent Judicial Officer, Terry Willis (Australia), in Auckland on Friday 13 June, having being cited for an act of Foul Play contrary to Law 10.4(m), acts contrary to good sportsmanship namely contact with the eye or eye area following his side's IRB Junior World Championship match against Scotland, played at ECOLight Stadium in Pukekohe on 10 June 2014.

The player admitted that there may have been contact with the eye or eye area of Scotland 6 Jamie Ritchie but denied that it was intentional or reckless such as to constitute Foul Play.

Having heard all of the evidence the Judicial Officer determined that the contact with the eye or eye area was accidental and accordingly dismissed the citing complaint. Therefore James Tucker is free to play.

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Maika Baleinaloto (Fiji)

Fiji player Maika Baleinaloto appeared before independent Judicial Officer, Chris Morris (New Zealand), in Auckland on Sunday 8 June having received a red card from referee Vlad Iordachescu for an act of Foul Play contrary to Law 10.4(j), namely a dangerous lifting tackle in his side's IRB Junior World Championship 2014 match against France, played at ECOLight Stadium in Pukekohe on 6 June 2014.

The player admitted the act of Foul Play. Having heard all of the evidence the Judicial Officer determined the matter warranted a mid-range sanction which has an entry point of eight weeks.

The Judicial Officer added a further two weeks in aggravation for the need to deter a pattern of offending in the Game. On account of the mitigating features found, including the good disciplinary record of the player, his early admission and his age and experience, he reduced the entry point sanction by three weeks to a final sanction of seven weeks.

In the context of the tournament this means the player will miss the remaining three matches of the tournament and is further suspended from 21 June until midnight on 20 July 2014. He is free to play on or after 21 July 2014.

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

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