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Tuesday Nov 29, 2016

Dean Mumm cleared of further punishment after 'lifting tackle' citing

Dean Mumm cleared of further punishment after 'lifting tackle' citing

Wallabies forward Dean Mumm appeared before an independent disciplinary committee in London today, charged with committing a dangerous lifting tackle during the 27-24 loss to Ireland in Dublin. Mumm was cited for contravening Law 10.4(j).

Mumm was yellow carded during the match but a citing followed, so he had to go through the disciplinary process today.

The flanker, who usually plays in the second row, accepted that he had committed an act of foul play, but asserted that it would not have warranted a red card.

Law 10.4(j) is described as follows: Lifting a player from the ground and dropping or driving that player into the ground whilst that player’s feet are still off the ground such that the player’s head and/or upper body come into contact with the ground is dangerous play.

The Disciplinary Committee, chaired by Simon Thomas (Wales), alongside Bonike Erinle (England) and Derek Bevan (Wales), viewed video footage of the incident, listened to detailed evidence and representations from and on behalf of the player, and reviewed all of the other evidence.

They concluded that, although Mumm had indeed committed an act of foul play, the particular circumstances of the incident meant that his actions would not have warranted a red card.

Therefore no sanction was imposed and he is free to resume playing immediately.


  • drg
    8:18 PM 29/11/2016

    I find it very hard in this day and age to not condemn this tackle and the following up lack if a ban.... It's difficult to get my point across to other commentators on here how I am really separating my own view from the theoretical paper based rulings.... I personally look at this as an accident, I think Mumm tried to roll the Irishman, and the other Aussie had the Irishmans upper body trapped, so instead of a roll it became something else.... But with the rulings we have seen these last few years, I'd really have expected a ban... I'd like to know, why specifically when you consider the other incidents, that this wasn't ban worthy? Was it a red card worthy in the game, but that's it? Was it dealt with 100% correctly? Was it because it looks accidental? Specifically the last reason I deem wrong, as we have seen accidents all over of this nature are normally deemed reckless... It is very difficult on a whole and tbh i feel for those that have to make decisions as they've clearly stated player welfare is their priority, however this has left them open to criticisms on their rulings.... As a rugby player I'd say time result of this was fair... If i was a law critic, I'd say it was unfair and wrong... Letter of the law he lifted a leg, players head made contact with the ground...


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