IRB disciplinary decisions from JWRT

(IRB.COM) Thursday 21 June 2012
 
 IRB disciplinary decisions from JWRT
Action from the Georgia v Canada match

Three players have been sanctioned following separate incidents at the IRB Junior World Rugby Trophy 2012 in Salt Lake City, Utah. After their hearings, two of the players received two-match suspensions while the third has been banned for one match.

Georgia’s Tamaz Mchedlidze appeared before independent Judicial Officer Tim Gresson (New Zealand) in Salt Lake City on Wednesday 20 June, having been cited for striking an opponent during his side's match against Canada on Monday June 18 at Murray Rugby Park.

The player admitted committing an act of foul play in contravention of Law 10.4 (a). The Judicial Officer upheld the citing which he considered to be a low-end offence warranting an entry-point suspension of two weeks.

The Judicial Officer found there were no aggravating features and found there were compelling mitigating features and imposed a sanction of one week (equating to one match of the tournament).

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

The full written decision of the hearing is available here.

Another Georgia player, Giorgi Bitsadze, appeared before the same Judicial Officer on the same day, following his ordering off for striking an opponent during his side's match against Canada on Monday.

In determining the appropriate sanction, the Judicial Officer found that the low-end entry sanction of two weeks was appropriate. This equates to two matches in the tournament. The player has 48 hours from receipt of the written decision to appeal.

The full written decision of the hearing is available here.

Meanwhile, Tonga player Michael Faleafa also appeared before Mr Gresson on Wednesday, following his ordering off  for striking an opponent during his side's match against USA on Monday June 18 at Murray Rugby Park.

In determining the appropriate sanction, the Judicial Officer found that the low-end entry sanction of two weeks was appropriate. This equates to two matches in the tournament. As with the other cases, the player has 48 hours from receipt of the written decision to appeal.

The full written decision of the hearing is available here.