The following player has attended a disciplinary hearing at Women's Rugby World Cup 2017 in Dublin, Ireland.
Makiko Tomita (Japan)
Japanese centre Makiko Tomita appeared before an independent Disciplinary Committee chaired by Roger Morris (Wales) alongside Becky Essex (former England international and Women’s Rugby World Cup winner) and Oliver Kohn (former Wales, Bristol and Harlequins player) following her red card against France on 9 August at Women’s Rugby World Cup 2017.
Tomita accepted that she was correctly ordered off by referee Graham Cooper for a dangerous high tackle in breach of Law 10.4(e) on France reserve Carla Neisen in the 68th minute of the match.
The Disciplinary Committee considered the tackle to be mid-range, carrying a six-week entry point, in accordance with the directive to protect players from strikes to the head. The Committee considered that there were no aggravating factors and significant mitigating factors, including Tomita’s early acceptance of her conduct and clean disciplinary record. The Committee reduced the sanction by the maximum 50 per cent to impose a three-week suspension which equates to three matches under the Women’s Rugby World Cup 2017 tournament rules.
She is free to play again in Japan’s fifth match in Women’s World Cup 2017 on 26 August in Belfast.
The Committee’s full written decision is available here.
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