Venter appeal date set
October 19, 1999
Brendan Venter's appeal against a three-week ban for stamping will be heard in Cardiff on Wednesday.
The World Cup disciplinary commission suspended Venter on Monday, after he had been sent off in the Springbok's final pool game against Uruguay for stamping on flanker Martin Panizza.
However Springbok coach Nick Mallett has expressed confidence that the appeal will be successful.
The appeal is based on the argument that Venter acted without any malice and claims that Venter attempted to ruck the ball out of Panizza's hands while the flanker was lying on the ground.
As he went in with his feet, Springbok scrum-half Joost vander Westhuizen grabbed the ball out of the Uruguayan's hands and Venter raked Panizza against the head with his studs.
Venter's enforced departure is galling for the Springboks because he has been one of the few successes in a disappointing start to their defence of the Webb Ellis Trophy.