Springbok lock Lood de Jager has been suspended for one week after charging into a ruck in South Africa’s 15-57 loss to New Zealand’s All Blacks in the Rugby Championship.
The SANZAAR Duty Judicial Officer Adam Casselden SC has accepted a guilty plea from Lodewyk De Jager of South Africa 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, after he was Cited during a Rugby Championship match at the Weekend.
De Jager has been suspended from all forms of the game for 1 match up to and including Saturday 5 November 2016.
The incident occurred in the 72nd minute of the match between South Africa and New Zealand played at Growthpoint Kings Park, Durban on 8 October 2016.
SANZAR 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.”