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Double standards from World Rugby on citings ?

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Questions need to be asked what is going on in the World Cup where players are deliberately committing dangerous play and World Rugby is doing absolutely nothing about these kind of incidents.

Over the weekend we saw social media stirring up a storm over two incidents which seemed to gone unnoticed by match officials and the citing commissioner. The first incident happened in the important match between Pool A, two top teams Wales and Australia where a video surface how Wallaby David Pocock went with his knees into the chest of Wales Baldwin.

The 36 hour window passed now and are closed for any citing against Pocock. Pocock will be free to take to the field in there Quarter Final against Scotland this weekend.

The other incident happened in the France vs Ireland match with a blatant punch from Seán O’Brien . This indecent was also not seen by any of the match officials and on Monday afternoon no news came on any suggestion that he will be cited for his punch.

Questions need to be asked why these incidents  are overlooked but then Samoa’s Tuilagi got five weeks for striking a player with the knee and Namibia’s Renaldo Bothma two weeks for a dangerous tackle.

Are World Rugby saying Tier one countries are allowed to commit foul play but Tier two countries will get punished?

It is a really sad state that double standards still applies when citing are done by World Rugby in this World Cup

Update from World Rugby….

David Pocock (Australia) has received a Citing Commissioner Warning from independent Citing Commissioner Steve Hinds (New Zealand) for a breach of Law 10.4(a) during the Rugby World Cup 2015 Pool A match between Australia and Wales at Twickenham on Saturday, 10 October.

Under the Rugby World Cup 2015 disciplinary programme, a Citing Commissioner Warning equates to a yellow card for the purposes of sanction. A combination of three yellow cards or Citing Commissioner Warnings accumulated during the tournament will result in a hearing. Pocock is therefore free to play in Australia’s quarter-final against Scotland.

 

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  1. David Pocock (Australia) has received a Citing Commissioner Warning from independent Citing Commissioner Steve Hinds (New Zealand) for a breach of Law 10.4(a) during the Rugby World Cup 2015 Pool A match between Australia and Wales at Twickenham on Saturday, 10 October.

    Under the Rugby World Cup 2015 disciplinary programme, a Citing Commissioner Warning equates to a yellow card for the purposes of sanction. A combination of three yellow cards or Citing Commissioner Warnings accumulated during the tournament will result in a hearing. Pocock is therefore free to play in Australia’s quarter-final against Scotland.

  2. @Jacques (Bunny):

    Of course he is free to play in the quarter final (if he is not injured). Smacks of the same indulgence afforded the Ausies when Hooper got away earlier this year with a claim he would have played for a club side and thus he served his suspension.

    World Rugby do not have the balls to take players of Tier 1 nations to task during the world cup.

  3. Maybe not double standards but surely World Rugby is being unprofessional in allowing potential conflict of interest? Scotland’s Ross Ford and Jonny Gray were cited for a possible tip tackle on Samoan Jack Lam by no other than Citing Commissioner Scott Nowland (Australia) under Law 10.4(j). The guy should have recused himself or even allowed the citing period to lapse as happened in the case of Pocock but no, the Scottish players have received a 3 week suspension and yes, you guessed it, Scotland play Australia on Saturday.

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