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One week ban for Michael Hooper as he pleads guilty to Foul Play charge

One week ban for Michael Hooper as he pleads guilty to Foul Play charge
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Michael Hooper will miss the Wallabies’ clash with Wales after he was this morning banned for a week for the incident that occured during England’s loss to Australia at Twickenham.

The dynamic flanker pleaded guilty to the charge of Foul Play contrary to Law 10.4(h) (dangerous charging). Watch the full video here, or the loop below (no audio)

Following a review of video footage, Hooper was cited by Independent Citing Commissioner Steve Hinds (New Zealand) under Law 10.4(h) for charging into a ruck or maul without the use of arms or grasping the player.

The hearing related to a consideration of sanction only given the admission of the act of foul play by the Player. Hooper was suspended by Independent Judicial Officer Alan Hudson (Canada) in accordance with the Rugby World Cup 2015 Disciplinary process.

With respect to the sanction, the Judicial Officer determined that the offence was low-end, which has an entry point of two weeks.

However, taking into account mitigating factors including his early admission, good conduct during the hearing and good character and the absence of any off-field aggravating factors, the Player was suspended for a period of one week.

In the context of the Rugby World Cup Tournament a week equates to one match.

While Wales fans are no doubt pleased with the ruling, the Wallabies will now be forced to bring in either Sean McMahon or Ben McCalman for the final pool match. The winner of that match will avoid the top placed team in Pool B (Scotland or South Africa).

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9 Comments

  • upthejumper
    11:45 PM 07/10/2015

    Hooper only gets one week for this blatant, no-arm, off-the-ball shoulder charge whilst Alesana Tuilagi gets banned for 5 weeks for 'kneeing' a Japanese tackler?! Hang your heads in shame World Rugby Citing Commissionaires!

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  • drg
    12:22 PM 07/10/2015

    He would have been if he was a Pacific islander.... Or French...

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  • drg
    9:56 AM 07/10/2015

    For the love of......Tuilagi banned for 5 weeks! >.<

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  • stroudos
    9:51 AM 07/10/2015

    I'll tell you who needs to be banned! Campese Ma'afu, Fijian prop whose parents presumably hoped he would pay on the wing and seems to be acting in a very un-forwardlike manner... A prop pushed over by two scrumhalves in the same tournament! Against Wales it looked like he was taking the piss as he was grinning the whole time. Against Uruguay it was less funny as the pushing scrumhalf got red carded (second yellow) because of it. Have to say, why the ref thought a scrumhalf gently nudging a prop was worthy of a yellow anyway is beyond me. The only mitigtation in Ma'afu's case is he sort of tripped over a player on the ground in both cases. But, come on... Needs to have his Front Row Union card revoked immediately.

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  • drg
    9:31 PM 06/10/2015

    Lets do our best not to pin it on Hooper, at the end of the day, the bloke made all the right moves in order to get the case looked into with the best light.... and who can blame him? IM makes a very good case above regarding Hoopers comment about being shocked. I can only assume (looking at this in the most naive way) Hooper deemed it as a non incident then when he was cited he looked at it and realised his guilt.... But yes, it's a BS ban, but do we ever expect anything different? Non incidents become incidents, and incidents become non incidents... Shuffling into a hearing with your cap in your hand saying "Yes sir, no sir, sorry sir" should not make a difference now that it is routine, and the reality is, most players will behave themselves in hearings as would we all... so it's a farce, but you can't blame the players for taking their chances.

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  • oldflyhalf
    8:22 PM 06/10/2015

    IRB = FIFA ...no doubt ! Definitely, M. Hooper is a veritable ruffian, and Cheika is his mentor.

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  • eddie-g
    4:59 PM 06/10/2015

    Has the citing and banning process ever made sense? Trying to find consistency or fairness in the process has always been a fool's errand. If anyone wants to argue that Hooper was harshly or leniently treated here, there's plenty of examples to support either view. My only observation on this case is that given Hooper copped a ban already this year, I am a little surprised he got a reduction.

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  • katman
    4:11 PM 06/10/2015

    So "entry point of two weeks" means nothing if you can cite a bunch of reasons to make it one week only? Surely "entry point of two weeks" means, if he's been an angel in all other respects, then he gets the minimum of TWO WEEKS. If not, it slides up the scale.

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  • 3:09 PM 06/10/2015

    Only one week? RWC pussys, you don`t have eggs for more jajaja. If argentina did the same,the punishment would be 8 weeks. But, ok, its a rugby star... don`t punish him (AFA $tyle)

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