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August 08, 2023

Three week ban for Zander Fagerson

Posted by Editor on August 8, 2023 10:28 PM | No comments | Print | E-mail author

Zander Fagerson faces a three week ban
Zander Fagerson has been given a three week ban following his red card against France at the weekend with the player allowed to take part in a coaching intervention programme to substitute the third match.

The independent Judicial Committee consisting of Rhian Williams - Chair (Wales), Jamie Corsi (Wales) and Juan Pablo Spirandelli (Argentina) heard the case today

In considering submissions made on behalf of the player, the Committee agreed to amend the offence from Law 9.20 (a) (Dangerous play in a ruck or maul. "A player must not charge into a ruck or maul. Charging includes any contact made without binding onto another player in the ruck or maul".) to Law 9.20 (b) (Dangerous play in a ruck or maul. "A player must not make contact with an opponent above the line of the shoulders").

Fagerson admitted that he had committed an act of foul play under the revised Law and that it was worthy of a red card. After reviewing all the evidence, the Committee applied World Rugby's mandatory minimum mid-range entry point for foul play resulting in contact with the head. This resulted in a starting point of a four week suspension.

Having acknowledged mitigating factors including the player's admission at the earliest opportunity, his remorse which was conveyed to the French player as well as shown during the hearing, and accepting that there were no aggravating factors to consider, the Committee reduced the four week entry point by one week, resulting in a sanction of three weeks (to be served as the following given the player's upcoming schedule):

Summer Nations Series:
12 August 2023 France v Scotland
26 August 2023 Scotland v Georgia
Rugby World Cup
10 September Scotland v South Africa

The Player will take part in the Coaching Intervention Programme to substitute the final match of his/her sanction for a coaching intervention aimed at modifying specific techniques and technical issues that contributed to the foul play.