IRB disciplinary decisions from JWRT

(IRB.COM) Sunday 2 June 2013
 
 IRB disciplinary decisions from JWRT
JWRT takes place in southern Chile until June 9

Three players have been sanctioned following separate incidents at the IRB Junior World Rugby Trophy 2013 in Chile. After their hearings, one of the players received a three-match suspension while the other two were banned for one match each.

Italy’s Giovanni Benvenuti appeared before independent judicial officer Dr Juan Pablo Tafernaberry (Uruguay) in Temuco on Sunday, June 2, having been cited for striking an opponent during his side's match against Chile the day before at the Estadio Germán Becker.

The player denied committing an act of foul play in contravention of Law 10.4(a). Dr Tafernaberry upheld the citing which he considered to be a mid-range offence warranting an entry point of five weeks (matches in the context of the tournament). He allowed for mitigating factors and imposed a sanction of three weeks. As such, Benvenuti will miss Italy's remaining two matches in the tournament and his next scheduled week of competitive Rugby.

The player exercised his right to appeal but his appeal was dismissed by appeal officer Alan Hudson (Canada) and the original decision was upheld with his sanction confirmed as applying until and inclusive of June 16.

Meanwhile, Tonga player Kalisitiane Sa appeared before Dr Tafernaberry on Monday, June 3, having been cited for a dangerous tackle on an opponent during his side's match against Uruguay on Saturdayat the Estadio Germán Becker.

The player accepted committing an act of foul play in contravention of Law 10.4(e). Dr Tafernaberry upheld the citing which he considered to be a low-end offence warranting an entry point of two weeks (matches in the context of the tournament).

The judicial officer allowed for mitigating features and imposed a sanction of one match. As such, Sa will miss Tonga's next match against Japan. The player has 48 hours from receipt of the written decision to appeal.

Another Tonga player, Kefu Ikamanu was cited for striking an opponent during the match against Uruguay. The player accepted 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 of two weeks.

The judicial officer allowed for mitigating factors and imposed a sanction of one-match. As such, Ikamanu will miss Tonga's next match against Japan. The player has 48 hours from receipt of the written decision to appeal.

The full written decisions of all three hearings will be available in due course.