JWRT 2014 disciplinary hearing decisions

(IRB.COM) Saturday 19 April 2014
 
 JWRT 2014 disciplinary hearing decisions

Five players attended disciplinary hearings in Hong Kong after round four of the IRB Junior World Rugby Trophy 2014.

Nathan Yanagiya (Canada)

Canada’s Nathan Yanagiya appeared before independent judicial officer Peter Duncan SC (Hong Kong) in Hong Kong on Saturday, 19 April, having been ordered off for stamping on an opponent during the first half of his side's match against Hong Kong at the Hong Kong Football Club. 

The player accepted that he had committed the act of foul play for which he was ordered off  in contravention of Law 10.4(b). Mr Duncan considered the stamp to be a low-end offence which carries an entry point of two weeks. 

There were no aggravating factors. Mr Duncan considered the mitigating factors and reduced the sanction by a week, imposing a final sanction of one week. As such, Yanagiya will miss the first round of the Canadian national provincial championship in August. 

The player has 48 hours from receipt of the written decision to appeal. The full written decision of the hearing will be posted here in due course.

Lucas Rumball (Canada)

Canada’s Lucas Rumball appeared before independent judicial officer Peter Duncan SC (Hong Kong) in Hong Kong on Saturday, 19 April, having been cited for kicking or tripping an opponent during the second half of his side's match against Hong Kong at the Hong Kong Football Club. 

The player denied that he had committed an act of foul play in contravention of Law 10.4(c) or (d). Mr Duncan heard evidence from Michael Parfitt, the Hong Kong player who was injured in the incident.  

Having considered the video footage and Parfitt's evidence Mr Duncan determined that Rumball had not committed an act of foul play. Accordingly he dismissed the citing. Rumball is free to play immediately.

The full written decision of the hearing will be posted here in due course.

Gabe Farley (USA)

USA's Gabe Farley appeared before independent Judicial Officer Peter Duncan SC (Hong Kong) on Sunday, 20 April having been cited in the USA v Uruguay third place play-off at the IRB Junior World Rugby Trophy 2014 in Hong Kong.

The player accepted that he had struck an opponent with a fist contrary to Law 10.4(a).

The Judicial Officer considered this to be low-end offending which carries a two-week entry point. There were no aggravating factors. The Judicial Officer reduced the sanction by one week for mitigating factors including the player's clean disciplinary record. Farley is suspended for the US collegiate semi-final this coming weekend.

The full written decision of the hearing will be posted here in due course.

Santiago Carrasco (Uruguay)

Uruguay's Santiago Carrasco appeared before independent Judicial Officer Peter Duncan SC (Hong Kong) on Sunday, 20 April having been cited in the USA v Uruguay third place play-off at the IRB Junior World Rugby Trophy 2014 in Hong Kong.

The player accepted that he had struck an opponent with a fist contrary to Law 10.4(a). 

The Judicial Officer considered this to be low-end offending which carries a two-week entry point. There were no aggravating factors. The Judicial Officer reduced the sanction by one week for mitigating factors including the player's clean disciplinary record. Carrasco is suspended for his match next weekend in the Uruguayan league.

The full written decision of the hearing will be posted here in due course.

Germán Kessler (Uruguay)

Uruguay's Germán Kessler appeared before independent Judicial Officer Peter Duncan SC (Hong Kong) on Sunday, 20 April having been cited in the USA v Uruguay third place play-off at the IRB Junior World Rugby Trophy 2014 in Hong Kong.

The player accepted that he had struck an opponent with a fist contrary to Law 10.4(a).  

The Judicial Officer considered this to be mid-range offending which carries a five-week entry point. There were no aggravating factors. The Judicial Officer reduced the sanction by one week for mitigating factors including the player's disciplinary record. Kessler is suspended for his next four matches in the Uruguayan league.

The full written decision of the hearing will be posted here in due course.