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Disciplinary update: Andre Esterhuizen and Stuart Townsend


Press Release

7th December 2020,

Andre Esterhuizen of Harlequins and Stuart Townsend of Exeter Chiefs will each appear before an online independent disciplinary panel on the evening of Tuesday 8 December 2020.

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Esterhuizen was shown a red card by referee Ian Tempest in the 45th minute of the match between Gloucester and Harlequins on Sunday 6 Dec 2020. This was for a striking with the elbow, contrary to World Rugby Law 9.12

Townsend was cited by independent citing commissioner Chris Sharp following the match between Leicester Tigers and Exeter Chiefs on Saturday 5 Dec 2020. This was for dangerous play in a ruck or maul, contrary to World Rugby Law 9.20a.

The independent disciplinary panel for each player hearing will be chaired by Daniel White with Matthew Weaver and Mitch Read.

The original article can be found here.

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