ADVERTISEMENT
RugbyDump
REGISTER
LOGIN
ADVERTISEMENT
RugbyDump
Wednesday Jan 29, 2020

Fijian lock gets heavy suspension after contesting red card for 'dangerously charging in to the ruck'

Northampton Saints second row Api Ratuniyarawa appeared before an independent disciplinary panel last night after he was red carded in the second half of his team’s clash with London Irish last Friday night.

ADVERTISEMENT

The Fijian Rugby World Cup 2019 forward was punished for dangerous play in a ruck or maul, contrary to World Rugby Law 9.20.

The independent panel ruled that a four-week suspension was applicable, making him free to play again on Tuesday 10 March 2020.

Independent panel chair Charles Cuthbert said: “The player did not accept that he had committed an act of foul play by dangerously charging in to the ruck. He argued that he had bound on to the London Irish player. This was not accepted by the panel after reviewing the footage”

“The panel found it was a reckless action. While the panel were satisfied that there was no intent to cause injury, his shoulder did make contact to the face of the London Irish player who confirmed he suffered no injury as a result. The mandatory mid-range entry point applies where there is contact with the head and the panel found no factors to merit a top end entry point.

“The player was allowed mitigation for his clear disciplinary record over a long professional career at a high level. He apologised both and off-field to the London Irish player involved and his own team and is engaged in community activities and coaching. He was allowed 2 weeks in mitigation and is therefore suspended for 4 weeks.

ADVERTISEMENT

“The 4 week sanction covers Northampton Saints next 4 meaningful fixtures.”

What do you think of this latest suspension? Let us know as a comment below!

Related Articles

  • 27 WEEKS AGO

    Five minutes of brutal Kwagga Smith aggression...

  • 27 WEEKS AGO

    WATCH: Unnecessary tackle on Lawes sees yellow...

  • 27 WEEKS AGO

    These could be rugby's most blatant red card...



ADVERTISEMENT

Great Tries

  • 5 DAYS AGO

    Watch: Blues score two STUNNING tries against Queensland Reds

  • 3 WEEKS AGO

    WATCH: Racing 92 know how play ‘GORGEOUS’ rugby

  • 3 WEEKS AGO

    WATCH: Teddy Thomas rinses defence with BLISTERING pace

  • 5 WEEKS AGO

    WATCH: Every Ulster try scored in Europe this season..and it’s glorious!

  • 5 WEEKS AGO

    WATCH: Fijian Drua show RIDICULOUS skillset and can score from anywhere

View All

Big Hits & Dirty Play

  • 1 DAY AGO

    WATCH: Sickening Shot Leaves Motionless

  • 1 WEEK AGO

    Hardest hit of all time

  • 3 WEEKS AGO

    WATCH: Duhan Van der Merwe makes INCREDIBLE try saving tackle

  • 4 WEEKS AGO

    WATCH: Fans not happy with another ‘appalling’ red card tackle in Super Rugby

  • 4 WEEKS AGO

    Fans shocked after old school punch up caught in refs mic

View All

See It To Believe It

  • 3 DAYS AGO

    Hooker scores masterful try

  • 5 DAYS AGO

    Tadhg Furlong produces one of the best ever passes by a forward

  • 1 WEEK AGO

    Hardest hit of all time

  • 1 WEEK AGO

    Leicester Tigers respond to hilarious fan incident

  • 2 WEEKS AGO

    Thrilling clash between Munster and Toulouse settled by a place kick shootout

View All

Funnies

  • 8 HOURS AGO

    WATCH: First It Was BoJo Now It's ScoMo

  • 3 WEEKS AGO

    Dad and 7 sons in Ireland forward pack

  • 3 WEEKS AGO

    Shocking mistake by Brumbies fullback prevents a certain try

  • 3 WEEKS AGO

    Ellis Genge hits back at Brian Moore

  • 4 WEEKS AGO

    Rugby was too violent, says UFC legend

View All

Amateur

  • 3 WEEKS AGO

    Watch: Epic Speech Epitomises Rugby Values

  • 5 WEEKS AGO

    WATCH: Epic touchline conversion from Tighthead seals the deal

  • 13 WEEKS AGO

    WATCH: Veteran props compared to Tadhg Furlong in new viral video

  • 80 WEEKS AGO

    Viral video of Scottish club brawl goes down a storm with rugby community

  • 117 WEEKS AGO

    RUGBYDUMP BLITZ: This Best of the Week round up is sure to entertain you

View All

Player Features

  • 1 DAY AGO

    Harlequins full-back to leave at the end of the season

  • 2 DAYS AGO

    Fans shocked after some huge recalls in the England squad

  • 6 DAYS AGO

    Huge opportunity for young prodigy

  • 1 WEEK AGO

    All Black World Cup winners teaming up in the USA

  • 2 WEEKS AGO

    Tom Dunn drops bombshell after Bath humiliation this weekend

View All