Springbok centre Jaque Fourie has been suspended for four weeks for a dangerous tackle during the All Blacks v South Africa Test at Waikato Stadium in Hamilton, yesterday.
Fourie, represented by Aaron Lloyd, appeared before SANZAR Judicial Officer Paul Tully at a hearing held in Hamilton on Sunday after being cited by Citing Commissioner Scott Nowland for a dangerous tackle in breach of law 10.4 (i), on All Blacks player Ma’a Nonu in the 70th minute of the match.
In his defence, Fourie submitted that the lifting tackle was not intentional, but reckless, and was at the lower end of the sanction scale.
After viewing video evidence and hearing submissions, Mr Tully found that there was a reckless lifting tackle which was clearly dangerous and placed the player in a vulnerable position when he landed on his neck and shoulder.
Fourie has been suspended for four weeks up to, and including, 19 October 2009. The player indicated that for recovery reasons, he has no intention of playing on the weekend of the 19-20 September, and therefore the suspension commences from the weekend of 26-27 September 2009.
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