The following players have attended disciplinary hearings at the World Rugby U20 Championship 2017 in Tbilisi, Georgia.

Losi Filipo (Samoa)

Samoa winger Losi Filipo attended a disciplinary hearing in Georgia on 31 May, 2017 after being cited for a dangerous tackle contrary to Law 10.4(e) in their first game against England at the World Rugby U20 Championship.  

The player admitted the act of foul play. Judicial Officer Mike Hamlin (England) found that the dangerous tackle was not intentional but was reckless and he suspended the player for Samoa’s next three matches in the U20 Championship.  

The player is free to be selected again for Samoa’s final match in the tournament.

The player has 48 hours to appeal the decision. 

The full written decision is available here.

Zain Davids (South Africa)

South African player Zain Davids attended a disciplinary hearing before Judicial Officer Mike Hamlin (England) on 5 June, 2017 having received a red card for striking contrary to Law 10.4(a) in their match against Georgia in the World Rugby U20 Championship on 4 June, 2017.

The player accepted that the referee was correct to award the red card. The Judicial Officer considered all the evidence, including the minimal amount of force involved in the strike, and on that basis the Judicial Officer determined that the act of foul play merited a low-end entry point suspension of four weeks. The player received full mitigation which reduced the sanction to two weeks which in the context of the tournament, is served over two matches.

The player is therefore free to be selected again for South Africa’s final match in the tournament.

The player has 48 hours to appeal the decision. 

The full written decision is available here.

Agustín Medrano (Argentina)

Argentina flanker Agustín Medrano attended a disciplinary hearing before Judicial Officer Mike Hamlin (England) on 6 June, 2017 having been cited after the match by Citing Commissioner Mike Mason (UAE) for a late, dangerous tackle contrary to Law 10.4(e) in Argentina’s match against France in the World Rugby U20 Championship on 4 June, 2017. Medrano received a yellow card from the referee Jamie Nutbrown at the time.
 
Medrano accepted that the tackle was late and amounted to foul play but denied that he should have been issued a red card as alleged by the Citing Commissioner. The Judicial Officer considered all of the evidence, including reviewing the video angles in detail and hearing from Medrano and Nutbrown. The Judicial Officer determined that Medrano had used his arms in executing the tackle but that Medrano probably could not see that his opponent, France number 18 Georges-Henri Colombe, had already passed the ball moments prior to Medrano making contact due to Colombe having his back to Medrano. On that basis, the Judicial Officer determined that although the tackle was late and therefore foul play, the referee was correct in issuing only a yellow card.  

Medrano is free to play in Argentina’s next match, against South Africa, on 8 June, 2017.

The written decision is available here.

Hassane Kolingar (France)

France prop Hassane Kolingar attended a disciplinary hearing before Judicial Officer Charles Cuthbert (UAE) on 14 June, 2017 having been cited after the match by Citing Commissioner John Montgomery (Scotland) for a strike with the head contrary to Law 10.4(a) in France's semi-final against New Zealand in the World Rugby U20 Championship on 13 June, 2017.
 
Kolingar accepted that the strike warranted a red card. The Judicial Officer considered all of the evidence, including reviewing the video angles and other evidence in detail and hearing from the player. He classified this as mid-range conduct which carries a 10-week entry point. 

The Judicial Officer considered there were no aggravating factors and significant mitigating factors, including the player's youth, inexperience, acceptance of the citing and remorse, in applying the maximum 50 per cent reduction. 

Kolingar is suspended for his next five weeks of rugby, being the third place play-off at the World Rugby U20 Championship on Sunday, 18 June, and his first four matches with Racing Club in France at the start of the 2017-18 season. 

The player has 48 hours to appeal the decision.

The written decision is available here.

Alex Arrate (France)

France centre Alex Arrate attended a disciplinary hearing before Judicial Officer Charles Cuthbert (UAE) on 15 June, 2017 having been cited after the match by Citing Commissioner John Montgomery (Scotland) for an act contrary to good sportsmanship in breach of Law 10.4(m) in France's semi-final against New Zealand in the World Rugby U20 Championship on 13 June, 2017.
 
Arrate accepted that he had made contact with the eye area of New Zealand hooker Asafo Aumua and that this warranted a red card. The Judicial Officer considered all of the evidence, including reviewing the video angles, medical report and other evidence in detail. He considered there had been contact with Aumua's right eye area but not with the eye itself. He classified this as low-end conduct which carries a four-week entry point. 

The Judicial Officer considered there were no aggravating factors and significant mitigating factors, including the player's youth, acceptance of the citing and remorse, in applying the maximum 50 per cent reduction. 

Arrate is suspended for his next two weeks of rugby, being the third-place play-off of the World Rugby U20 Championship on Sunday, 18 June, and his first match with Biarritz Olympique in France at the start of the 2017-18 season. 

The player has 48 hours within which to appeal. 

The written decision is available here.

Sione Tuipolotu (Samoa)

Samoa number eight Sione Tuipolotu attended a disciplinary hearing before Judicial Officer Charles Cuthbert (UAE) on 18 June, 2017 having been cited by Citing Commissioner John Montgomery (Scotland) for an act contrary to good sportsmanship (biting) in breach of Law 10.4(m) in Samoa's 11th place play-off against Argentina in the World Rugby U20 Championship. 
 
Tuipolotu accepted that he had bitten Argentina winger Luciano González and that this warranted a red card. The Judicial Officer considered all of the evidence, including reviewing the video angles, medical report, injury photograph and hearing from Tuipolotu. He classified this as a low-end biting offence, which carries a 12-week entry point. 

The Judicial Officer considered there were no aggravating factors and significant mitigating factors, including the player's youth, early acceptance of the citing and remorse, in applying the maximum 50 per cent reduction. 

Tuipolotu is suspended for his next six weeks of rugby on his return to New Zealand with his club Ardmore Marist and thereafter his province Counties Manukau.

The player has 48 hours within which to appeal. 

The written decision will be available here.

Jacopo Bianchi (Italy)

Italy flanker Jacopo Bianchi attended a disciplinary hearing before Judicial Officer Charles Cuthbert (UAE) on 18 June, 2017 having been ordered off by referee Jaco van Heerden (South Africa) for a dangerous tackle in breach of Law 10.4(e) in Italy's match against Wales in the World Rugby U20 Championship. 
 
Bianchi accepted that he had committed an act of foul play but sought to argue that it did not merit a red card. The Judicial Officer considered all of the evidence, including reviewing the video angles, medical report and hearing from Bianchi. The Judicial Officer determined that there was insufficient evidence to conclude that the referee was wrong to issue the red card. He then turned to consider the appropriate sanction. In light of factors including the injury to Welsh fly-half Arwel Robson and World Rugby's policy to protect players from strikes to the head, he classified this as mid-range. A mid-range dangerous tackle carries a six-week entry point. 

The Judicial Officer considered there were no aggravating factors and significant mitigating factors, including the player's youth, inexperience and remorse, in applying the maximum 50 per cent reduction. 

Bianchi is suspended for his next three weeks of rugby at the start of the 2017-18 Italian domestic season.

The player has 48 hours within which to appeal. 

The written decision is available here.