Owen Farrell thought he was out of the rough and onto the fairway following an Independent Disciplinary Panel finding his red card mitigated down to a yellow on Tuesday – but to continue the golf analogy, he’s now dropped down into the water.
World Rugby have officially exercised their option to appeal the original decision made by the panel appointed by Six Nations Rugby. This will cause serious disruption to the England squad heading to Ireland for their build-up match this weekend.
A statement by World Rugby reads:
“World Rugby has today confirmed to the Rugby Football Union and Six Nations Rugby that it will exercise its right to appeal in regard to the Owen Farrell disciplinary decision following a careful review of the independent Judicial Committee’s full written decision received on 16 August.
“World Rugby fully supports the important role that an independent disciplinary process plays in upholding the integrity and values of the sport, particularly regarding foul play involving head contact. Player welfare is the sport’s number one priority, and the Head Contact Process is central to that mission at the elite level of the sport.
“Having considered the full written decision, World Rugby considers an appeal to be warranted.
“In line with provisions set out under Regulation 17, an independent Appeal Committee will be appointed to determine the matter at the earliest possible opportunity.
“Further details regarding the hearing, including appointments and date, will be confirmed by Six Nations Rugby.”
More to follow.