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Disciplinary hearing: Andre Esterhuizen and Stuart Townsend

RFU

Press Release

9th December 2020,

Andre Esterhuizen of Harlequins and Stuart Townsend of Exeter Chiefs each appeared before an online independent disciplinary panel on Tuesday 8 December.

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.

The player accepted the charge and was given a four week suspension by the independent panel comprising Daniel White (chair), with Matthew Weaver and Mitch Read. He is free to play again on 5 January 2021. 

To read the full judgment click here.

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 player accepted the charge and was given a five week suspension by the independent panel. He is free to play again on 12 January 2021.

The original article can be found here.

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