Cape Town - Springbok lock Lood de Jager has received a one-game ban for dangerously charging into a ruck during Saturday’s Rugby Championship Test against the All Blacks in Durban.
SANZAAR duty judicial officer Adam Casselden accepted a guilty plea from De Jager for contravening Law 10.4 (h): A player must not charge into a ruck or maul. Charging includes any contact made without use of the arms, or without grasping a player.
The incident occurred in the 72nd minute of the match at Kings Park, which the All Blacks won 57-15.
De Jager received a yellow card for the incident and was promptly cited afterwards.
In a press release, SANZAAR announced that De Jager is suspended from all forms of the game for one match up to and including Saturday, November 5.
That is the same day the Boks play the Barbarians at Wembley Stadium.
In his finding, Casselden ruled the following:
"Having conducted a detailed review of all the available evidence including submissions from his legal representative, I accepted the player’s admission that he had committed an act of foul play contrary to law 10.4(h).
"With respect to sanction I deemed the act of foul play merited a low-end entry point of two weeks. However, taking into account mitigating factors including the player’s early plea and his excellent disciplinary record I reduced the suspension to a period of one week.
"The player accepted my indication of sanction of one week, and is therefore suspended from all forms of rugby up to and including November 5, 2016 when he is next scheduled to play. The player is free to resume playing from November 6, 2016.”