Galarza appeal turned down

Date published: September 27 2015

Argentina second-row Mariano Galarza will not play again at the Rugby World Cup after his appeal against a nine-week ban failed.

The Pumas lock was suspended for making contact with the eye or eye area of Brodie Retallick in Argentina's opening loss to New Zealand, breaching Law 10(4)(m) for ‘acts contrary to good sportsmanship’. 

The appeal was heard by an Appeal Committee chaired by Prof Lorne Crerar (Scotland), sitting with Justice Graeme Mew (Canada) and Robbie Deans (New Zealand). 

The Appeal Committee determined that the Judicial Officer had not erred in finding that the player had committed an act of foul play.

The Appeal Committee also found that the sanction imposed by the Judicial Officer was in accordance with World Rugby’s prescribed sanctioning regime.

The player’s suspension continues up until 26 November, 2015 on which date he is free to return to play.

Argentina will not be able to replace Galarza in their squad and have just three locks left for the remainder of the tournament.