Uruguay’s Eric Dosantos attended an independent Disciplinary Committee hearing after he was cited for an act of foul play contrary to Law 9.13 (dangerous tackle) in Uruguay’s Rugby World Cup 2023 Pool A match against Namibia on 27 September.
The independent Disciplinary Committee was chaired by Jennifer Donovan (Ireland), joined by former player Stefan Terblanche (South Africa) and former referee Val Toma (Romania).
The player accepted that there had been head contact, that he was upright in the tackle and that he had committed an act of foul play which had a high degree of danger which met the red card threshold. However, the player submitted that mitigation should be applied on the basis that the player was attempting to effect a passive/soak tackle as opposed to a dynamic/forceful tackle.
Having considered all the available evidence, including the application of World Rugby’s Head Contact Process, the submissions by the player and his representatives, and all available camera angles and technology, the independent Committee determined that:
- A reckless act of foul play had occurred
- Head contact had occurred
- The degree of danger was high
- There had been forwards and upwards movement of the player into the tackle and on balance the tackle could therefore not be considered to be passive
- The citing was therefore not wrong and was upheld.
On that basis and in considering the sanction, the independent Committee applied World Rugby’s mandatory minimum mid-range entry point for foul play resulting in head contact (six matches). Taking all considerations into account, including the player’s disciplinary record, the independent Committee determined mitigation of three matches was appropriate, resulting in a final sanction of three matches to be applied as follows:
- New Zealand v Uruguay – 5 October, 2023
- Lobos – Quarter-finals of the Uruguay Premier Competition – 13 October, 2023
- Lobos – further knockout match in the Uruguay Premier Competition (depending on progress) or Lobos further match to be confirmed.*
*The player intends to apply to take part in the World Rugby Coaching Intervention Programme to substitute the final match of the sanction for a coaching intervention aimed at modifying specific techniques and technical issues that contributed to the foul play subject to successful completion. Further information can be found here.
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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