Saru wins appeal, De Bruin available for selection

2013-06-17 00:00

PARIS — Junior Springbok prop Luan de Bruin is available for selection for the South Africa Under-20’s Junior World Championship semi-final tomorrow after Saru succeeded in its appeal against his suspension of four weeks.

The front ranker appeared before independent judicial officer Jean-Noël Couraud (France) in Nantes on Tuesday, June 11, having been cited for a dangerous lifting tackle contrary to Law 10.4(j) of the Laws of the Game in his side’s IRB World Junior Championship match against England, played at Stade Henri Desgrange in La Roche sur Yon on June 9.

The player denied committing the alleged act of foul play but the judicial officer upheld the citing complaint against the player and imposed a sanction of four weeks. Saru then lodged an appeal and the subsequent hearing was held on Saturday.

“Following the appeal, Luan has been given permission to continue to play in the Junior World Championship and is eligible for selection for our next match,” said Yusuf Jackson, the Saru manager for amateur teams.

“We have been in communication with the IRB and with the appeal officer Tim Gresson in particular, and due to the nature of the citing and subsequent appeal hearing, a written decision will be sent to us early next week.”

Junior Springbok coach Dawie Theron will announce his team to face Wales today.

Meanwhile, Junior Springbok lock Jannes Kirsten will miss the rest of the tournament because of a facial injury, the team confirmed yesterday.

Kirsten sustained a fractured cheekbone in the South Africa Under-20’s training session on Saturday afternoon at the Stade Michelin in Vannes.

The team will name a replacement shortly.

On Saturday evening, SA U20 team doctor Phatho Zondi took Kirsten for a scan at a local hospital.

According to Dr Zondi, the CT scan confirmed a right infraorbital fracture with muscle impingement.

“He also has multiple fractures to the maxillary sinus. Jannes was consulted by an ENT specialist who confirmed the diagnosis of a Type B blowout fracture and has recommended conservative treatment with an expected return to play in a minimum of six weeks,” the team doctor explained.

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