De Jager suspended for one week

Date published: October 10 2016

Springbok lock Lood De Jager has been suspended from all forms of the game for one match up to and including South Africa’s next match, against the Barbarians at Twickenham on 5 November, after pleading guilty to a charge of a dangerous tackle in Saturday’s clash with the All Blacks in Durban.

The incident occurred in the 72nd minute of the match played at Kings Park at the weekend.

The SANZAAR Duty Judicial Officer Adam Casselden has accepted a guilty plea from Lodewyk De Jager of South Africa for contravening Law 10.4. 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.

SANZAR Duty Judicial Officer Adam Casselden assessed the case. In his finding, Mr Casselden 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 the fifth of November when he is next scheduled to play. The player is free to resume playing from the sixth of November 2016.”