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Sonny Bill Williams out of Super rugby for 2017


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All Blacks and Blues centre Sonny Bill Williams will not play Super Rugby again in 2017 after he was suspended for four weeks after admitting an act of Foul Play contrary to law 10.4(g).

The Blues cannot qualify for the Super Rugby play offs and only have one match remaining so Williams cannot feature for the Blues again this season.

Williams was given a red card by referee Jerome Garces (France) in the 24th minute of the first half of the second Test match played between the All Blacks and the British & Irish Lions on Saturday, 1 July 2017 at Wellington. Williams was ordered off the playing enclosure under Law 10.4(g) for dangerous charging.

Williams was suspended by the Independent Judicial Committee comprising Adam Casselden SC (Chair), David Croft (Ex-Australian and Queensland Reds player) and John Langford (Ex-Australian, Brumbies and Munster player) in accordance with World Rugby’s disciplinary process.

Having conducted a detailed review of all the evidence available, including all video footage and additional evidence from the Player and submissions from his legal representative Mr Stephen Cottrell, the Judicial Committee upheld the Red Card issued by the referee under Law 10.4(g).

With respect to the sanction, the offending was deemed to be reckless and warranted a mid-range entry level, which provides for a six week suspension. However, taking into account mitigating factors including his early admission, his disciplinary record, good character and remorse the six week suspension was reduced to a period of four weeks.

The Player has 48 hours in which to appeal from the time he was informed of the decision.

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