Melbourne Rebels captain Scott Higginbotham will appear before a SANZAR Duty Judicial Officer after receiving a third yellow card in the 2014 season during a Super Rugby match at the weekend.
According to the SANZAR Judicial Rules, "A player who has received three yellow cards (whether on or off field, or any combination thereof) arising from matches in the same Super Rugby competition shall be required to appear before the Duty Judicial Officer appointed for the match during which he last offended."
"At the same time as notification of the details of his hearing pursuant to Rule 4.1, the player shall be sent copies of the match officials' reports in relation to each incident and be advised that the purpose of the hearing before the Duty Judicial Officer is to consider the circumstances in which each yellow card was imposed and determine whether any further penalty should be imposed on him by reason of his persistent foul play."
The hearing is to be considered in the first instance by SANZAR Duty Judicial Officer Nicholas Davidson QC.
All SANZAR disciplinary matters are in the first instance referred to a Duty Judicial Officer hearing to provide the option of expediting the judicial process.
The Rebels have one remaining match this season and they are in South Africa preparing to face the Bulls in Pretoria on Friday.
Player: Scott Higginbotham
Position: Number 8
Date of Yellow Card Incidents:
Round 9: Chiefs v Rebels, 12 April 2014
Round 14: Reds v Rebels, 17 May 2014
Round 18: Lions v Rebels, 4 July 2014