Super 14’s new citing protocols is announced

2010-02-18 11:37

South Africa, New Zealand and Australia Rugby (SANZAR) has

instituted new citing protocols for the 2010 Super 14 rugby season to refine and

improve the current system.

The major change sees a reduction in the size of the panel of

citing commissioners to ensure greater consistency in interpretation of offences

that merit citing with one primary citing commissioner in each of the three

SANZAR nations with each having a back-up commissioner.

The commissioners and the back-up commissioners (in brackets) are:

South Africa: Freek Burger (Andy Prior)

Australia: Scott Nowland (Dick Byres) New Zealand: Steve Hinds

(Mike O’Leary)

The Commissioners will have weekly teleconferences to ensure a

standardised approach.

The Commissioners are mandated to consult with the other two on any

incidents they feel should be considered, however it is the sole responsibility

of the citing commissioner in the match host country to decide whether to cite

or not.

Citings are required to be made within 12 hours.

The Judicial process remains unchanged.

SANZAR will appoint independent judicial officers to hear citing

complaints on a case-by-case basis.

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