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ALX22

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Australia winger Reece Hodge has been cited by John Montgomery (Scotland) for an act of foul play contrary to Law 9.13 (dangerous tackle) in the 25th minute of Australia’s Rugby World Cup 2019 Pool D match against Fiji on 21 September.

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Australia’s Reece Hodge appeared before an independent disciplinary committee in Tokyo today having been cited for an act of foul play contrary to Law 9.13 (dangerous tackle) in the 25th minute of the Rugby World Cup 2019 Pool D match between Australia and Fiji on 21 September.
The committee, chaired by Nigel Hampton QC (New Zealand), former international coach Frank Hadden (Scotland) and former referee José Luis Rolandi (Argentina), viewed all the available broadcast angles of the incident, which resulted in Fiji’s Peceli Yato requiring a Head Injury Assessment (HIA).
In considering all the available evidence, including multiple broadcast angles and submissions from Hodge and his legal representative, the committee deemed that the incident was an act of foul play and warranted a red card in line with the high tackle sanction framework. In following the framework, the committee determined:
  • There was an act of foul play (which was reckless, rather than deliberate)
  • The act of foul play was a high tackle
  • There was contact with the head
  • There was a high degree of danger
Given the above outcomes, the committee determined that the act of foul play warranted a red card.
The committee applied World Rugby’s mandatory mid-range entry point, which was introduced in 2017 to mitigate the risk of head injuries, which according to World Rugby’s sanctions table, carries a minimum six-match suspension.

Having acknowledged Hodge’s exemplary disciplinary record, good character and conduct at the hearing, the committee reduced the six-match entry point by three matches, resulting in a sanction of three matches.
Hodge will miss Australia’s three remaining pool matches. The suspension will end at midnight on 11 October, 2019 after which he is free to resume playing.

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About right for that, I thought, it was reckless at best, Generally, though, it always makes me laugh in RU when the pundits start clutching their pearls about the kind of tackle you see in every NRL game. As with Samoa's game the other day: Two tackles they were saying should be red; the first I thought was just a good hard hit, the second worth a yellow, which it got.
 

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Also, as I recall, wasn't Hodge's action right in front of the ref and touchie, who took no action at the time? Maybe if he'd got a yellow, it would played out better for him/
 
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Japan has produced another Rugby World Cup shocker to beat an Ireland team that was ranked No. 1 coming into the tournament.

Japan beat South Africa in the 2015 World Cup in what was considered the biggest upset in the tournament’s history.

The shock win over Ireland rivals the famous “miracle of Brighton” defeat of South Africa — but the wild victory scenes after the match have surpassed the iconic 2015 win.

The 19-12 win over Ireland on Saturday is another massive result, particularly for the first Rugby World Cup held in Asia.
 

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After extensive evaluation, World Rugby and the Japan Rugby 2019 Organising Committee have announced an update regarding the predicted impact of Typhoon Hagibis on this weekend’s Rugby World Cup 2019 pool matches. This includes the decision to cancel matches on safety grounds.

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Wallabies defeated Georgia 27-8.

Job done for Australia as they beat a resilient Georgia in the driving rain and gusting wind in Shizuoka Stadium Ecopa on Friday evening. But despite a strong set-piece and moments of brilliance in the loose, the Wallabies have plenty to work on as they march on to the quarter-finals.

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