Speight appeals against five-week ban

Date published: June 26 2015

Brumbies wing Henry Speight has appealed against the decision to suspend him for five weeks for a dangerous tackle.

Speight received his ban on Wednesday for his hit on Stormers centre Juan de Jongh in the Brumbies' Super Rugby Qualifier victory at Newlands last Saturday. 

A SANZAR Appeals Committee, chaired by Nigel Hampton QC, with Lex Mpati and Terry Willis as members, will hear the appeal via videoconference on Tuesday 30 June.

In the original hearing, SANZAR Judicial Officer, Robert Stelzner SC, found Speight guilty of contravening Law 10.4 (j) Lifting a player from the ground and dropping or driving that player into the ground whilst that player’s feet are still off the ground such that the player’s head and/or upper body come into contact with the ground is dangerous play.

Speight's five-week ban translates into four matches. That means he will not only be sidelined for Saturday's semi-final against the Hurricanes in Wellington, and potentially the final, but he will also miss Australia's first two Tests of the Rugby Championship against South Africa and Argentina.