So'oialo suspended for three weeks

(IRB.COM) Wednesday 14 November 2012

Samoa's James So'oialo has been suspended for three weeks following a dangerous charge in his team’s match against Canada in Colwyn Bay, Wales, last Friday.

The 23-year-old full back appeared before independent judicial officer Roger Morris (Wales) in Cardiff on Monday, November 12, having been cited for a dangerous tackle (Law 10.4(e)) on an opponent during the IRB International Rugby Series 2012 match.

Morris amended the allegation to a dangerous charge (10.4(g)) and upheld the citing which he considered to be a mid-range offence warranting an entry point of five weeks. The judicial officer found there were no aggravating factors and found there were mitigating factors and so imposed a sanction of three weeks. The player will be free to play again on December 3, 2012.

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

The full written decision of the hearing is available here