On Sunday, I accepted that I had breached the SANZAR Code of Conduct with comments I made to the media last week following the Blues' game against the Crusaders. This statement is an apology to the match officials who may have taken offence to my comments and to SANZAR.
A SANZAR Judicial Hearing has found Bjorn Basson of the Bulls not guilty of contravening Law 10.4 (j) Dangerous Tackling – Lifting Tackling after he was cited during a Super Rugby match at the weekend.
The SANZAR Duty Judicial Officer Jannie Lubbe SC has accepted a guilty plea from Sir Graham Henry of the Blues for a Misconduct Complaint brought against him by SANZAR. The complaint relates to comments made on TV NZ News on 21 May 2013 which were widely reported through other media outlets and breached Sections 8.3 (a) and (e) of the SANZAR Code of Conduct.
James Horwill of the Reds has been issued with an off-field yellow card for contravening Law 10.4 (b) Stamping or Trampling during a Super Rugby match at the weekend. Horwill made contact with Western Force player Pek Cowan at a breakdown with his feet. The incident occurred in the 3rd minute of the match between the Western Force and Reds played at NIB Stadium in Perth on Saturday 4th May.
Francois Steyn of the Sharks has been cited for alleged foul play during a Super Rugby match at the weekend. Steyn is alleged to have contravened 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.
The SANZAR Duty Judicial Officer Nicholas Davidson QC has accepted a guilty plea from George Moala of the Blues for contravening Law 10.4 (e) after he was Cited during a Super Rugby Match at the Weekend. Moala has been suspended from all forms of the game up to and including 13 April 2013.
Following initial consideration by the SANZAR Duty Judicial Officer Adam Casselden, Chiliboy Ralepelle of the Bulls will appear at a SANZAR Judicial Hearing after being cited for alleged foul play during a Super Rugby match at the weekend.
SANZAR today announced an 18-man strong referee team for the 2013 Super Rugby competition. The announcement includes five new referees to the Super Rugby circuit, including Argentinean Francisco Pastrana (who controlled his first Super Rugby match in 2012).
Queensland Rugby (QRU) advises it is seriously considering lodging an appeal against Monday’s SANZAR judicial ruling to suspend St.George Queensland Reds flyhalf Quade Cooper over a dangerous tackle charge.