Lood de Jager has been suspended from possible participation in the Springboks’ next match against the Barbarians in London on 5 November, SANZAAR announced on Monday.
SANZAAR Duty Judicial Officer Adam Casselden SC accepted a guilty plea from De Jager for contravening Law 10.4 (h): “A player must not charge into a ruck or maul”. Charging includes any contact made without use of the arms, or without grasping a player.
De Jager was cited following the Castle Lager Rugby Championship match against New Zealand in Durban on Saturday, having been yellow carded for the incident which took place in the 72nd minute. De Jager has been suspended from all forms of the game for one match up to and including Saturday 5 November 2016.
SANZAAR Duty Judicial Officer Adam Casselden SC assessed the case. In his finding, Mr Casselden SC ruled the following:
“Having conducted a detailed review of all the available evidence including submissions from his legal representative, I accepted the player’s admission that he had committed an act of foul play contrary to law 10.4(h).
With respect to sanction I deemed the act of foul play merited a low-end entry point of two weeks. However, taking into account mitigating factors including the player’s early plea and his excellent disciplinary record I reduced the suspension to a period of one week.”
“The player accepted my indication of sanction of one week, and is therefore suspended from all forms of rugby up to and including 5 November 2016 when he is next scheduled to play. The player is free to resume playing from 6 November 2016.”