Japan centre, Yoshiki Omachi, appeared before an independent judicial committee on Saturday, 1 July, having received a red card for charging into a ruck pursuant to Law 9.20(a) in Japan’s Pool A match against Wales at the World Rugby U20 Championship 2023 on 29 June.

The independent Disciplinary Committee was chaired by Stephen Hardy (Australia), joined by former international referees Donal Courtney (Ireland) and Juan Pablo Spirandelli (Argentina).

The Committee, having considered the player’s submissions and reviewed all available evidence, found that the red card threshold had been met. The Committee noted that the offence warranted a low-end entry point (two matches), and having considered the mitigating factors reduced the sanction by the maximum mitigation of 50 per cent. The final sanction is one match as follows:

  • New Zealand v Japan – 4 July, 2023

The player has the right of appeal within 48 hours of the issuing of the full written decision, which will appear here once published.

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