Fiji full-back, Roela Radiniyavuni, appeared before an independent judicial committee on 24 October having received two yellow cards (and consequently a red card) in Fiji’s Rugby World Cup 2021 Pool C match against France on 22 October, 2022.
The independent Disciplinary Committee was chaired by judicial officer Brenda Heather-Latu (Samoa), joined by former international coach Frank Hadden (Scotland) and former international player Ofisa Tonu’u (New Zealand).
The yellow cards which were issued for (i) a charge on the kicker in breach of Law 9.25 and (ii) a deliberate knock on. Having reviewed all the circumstances, and in light of the fact that the second yellow card could be characterised as a ‘technical’ offence, the Committee determined that no further sanction would be imposed upon the player and that the sending off was sufficient.
The player is therefore free to play again immediately.
The player and World Rugby have a right of appeal having received the full written decision, which will appear here once published.
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