International Rugby
SARU to face IRB judiciary
August 10, 2009

The South African Rugby Union will answer charges of alleged misconduct at a hearing in Dublin on Monday.

SARU were charged with alleged misconduct by the International Rugby Board after the Springboks wore 'Justice' armbands for the third Test against the British and Irish Lions on July 4, in protest at Bakkies Botha's two-week suspension.

The Springboks lock had been found guilty of a dangerous charge on Adam Jones during the second Test in Pretoria, which left the Lions prop with a dislocated shoulder and out of action for six months.

South Africa assistant coach Dick Muir claimed there would have been no citing if Jones had not been injured in the incident and the Lions had no complaints with the challenge. But Botha failed in an attempt to overturn the ban - he had failed to bind onto a team-mate before cleaning out the ruck - sparking the Springboks' protest at Ellis Park.

The independent disciplinary committee will feature two legal experts in Retired Honourable Justice John Hansen (New Zealand) and Judge Guillermo Tragant (Argentina), plus former Australia captain John Eales.


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