SANZAR have lodged an appeal against the outcome of the judicial hearing that handed Australia flank Michael Hooper a one-week ban.
Earlier this week, SANZAR Judicial Officer, Nigel Hampton QC, found Hooper guilty of contravening Law 10.4 (a) Punching or striking.
Hooper was suspended for one week up to and including 1 August for his strike on Puma fly-half Nicolas Sanchez, meaning he will be available for next weekend's Rugby Championship decider against the All Blacks in Sydney.
Under the SANZAR Judicial Rules, all formal judicial hearings are reviewed by an independent Appeals Review Officer. The review officer, the Honourable Graeme Mew (Canada), has examined the Hooper case and in his determination, referred it to a SANZAR Appeals Committee to review the sanction handed down by the Judicial Officer.
A SANZAR Appeals Committee, chaired by Jannie Lubbe SC, with Terry Willis and Mike Heron QC as members, will hear the appeal via videoconference on Sunday.
Meanwhile, the Australian Rugby Union are set to lodge a counter-appeal, believing that Hooper should not have been found guilty of foul play in the first place.
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