Snyman handed five-week ban

Date published: October 26 2016

Brive lock Johan Snyman has been suspended for five weeks after making a dangerous tackle on Worcester fly-half Tom Heathcote at Sixways.

The incident occurred in the 49th minute of the match in contravention of Law 10.4 (e).

Law 10.4 (e) Dangerous tackling
Under World Rugby's Sanctions for Foul Play, Law 10.4 (e), Dangerous tackling of an opponent including a tackle or attempted tackle above the line of the shoulders (even if the tackle starts below the line of the shoulders), carries the following sanction entry points – Low End: 2 weeks; Mid-Range: 6 weeks; Top End: 10 to 52 weeks

An independent Disciplinary Committee consisting of Mike Hamlin (England), Chairman, Roddy Dunlop QC (Scotland) and Andrea Caranci (Italy) heard evidence and submissions from Snyman, who admitted foul play but who did not accept that the offence warranted a red card, and from the EPCR Disciplinary Officer, Liam McTiernan.

In upholding the citing complaint, the Committee found that Snyman had committed an act of foul play that warranted a red card. It determined that the offence was at the mid-range of World Rugby's sanctions and selected six weeks as the appropriate entry point.

The Committee added one week to the sanction as a deterrent in line with World Rugby's memoranda regarding dangerous tackles, and then reduced the sanction by two weeks due to the player's expression of remorse and good character, before imposing a suspension of five weeks.

Taking into account a one-week break in the Top 14 match schedule, Snyman is free to play on Monday, 5 December 2016. Both the player and EPCR have the right to appeal the decision.