Springbok centre Jaque Fourie is set to appeal his four-week ban for a spear tackle on All Black Ma’a Nonu.
Stephen Nell reports for Sport 24 that Fourie believes that the judicial officer who banned him in the wake of South Africa’s 32-29 win over New Zealand in Hamilton, was wrong to rule that he had breached rule 10.4 (i) with his tackle.
He also denies that the tackle was intentional or justified a mid-range entry offence for the sanction.
There were reports that Fourie had pleaded guilty in his hearing, but this has been denied.
It is not clear when his appeal hearing will take place – it could be done via a video conference in the next few days.
Meanwhile, South African Rugby Players’ Association (SARPA) chief executive Piet Heymans has expressed his disappointment about the length of Fourie’s suspension.
“The players would like to see more consistency when it comes to sanctions for this kind of transgression,” said Heymans.
“There have been precedents that point to shorter suspensions.”
The punishment meted out to Fourie is set to trigger fresh unhappiness about rugby’s judicial procedures.
The South African Rugby Union (SARU) were at odds with the International Rugby Board (IRB) about the Boks’ decision to wear white armbands in solidarity with Bakkies Botha in the third Test against the British and Irish Lions.Tweet