The following players have attended a disciplinary hearing at World Rugby U20 Trophy 2017 in Montevideo, Uruguay:

Filimoni Savou (Fiji)

Fiji under-20s centre Filimoni Savou has been suspended for three weeks for striking an opponent during his team’s match against Chile at the World Rugby U20 Trophy in Uruguay on 10 September.

The player appeared at a hearing in Montevideo before independent judicial officer Juan Pablo Tafernaberry (Uruguay) after being cited by citing commissioner Rafael Bianchi (Uruguay) for allegedly breaching Law 10.4(a).  

Savou accepted that he had punched an opponent in the head and that this warranted a red card. The judicial officer reviewed the footage of the incident and received evidence from the player, the match officials and the Chile team doctor before determining that this was mid-range conduct in accordance with the directive to protect players’ heads, carrying a four-week entry point.  

Tafernaberry considered there were no aggravating factors and some mitigating factors including the player’s early acceptance of his conduct, clean disciplinary record and exemplary conduct at the hearing. Accordingly, he reduced the final sanction to three weeks and so the player, who retains the right to appeal, is suspended for his next three weeks of competitive rugby in Australia’s National Rugby Championship.  

Fraser Hurst (Canada)

The player appeared at a hearing in Montevideo before independent judicial officer Juan Pablo Tafernaberry (Uruguay) after receiving the red card during the game at Punta del Este on 6 September for what was a breach of Law 10.4(a). 

At the hearing, Hurst accepted that he had struck Chile wing Rodrigo Manzano in the forehead with his arm and that this warranted a red card. The judicial officer reviewed the footage of the incident and received evidence from the player, his coach, the match officials and the Chile player. He determined that this was mid-range offence in accordance with the directive to protect players’ heads, an offence that mandates a four-week entry point. 

Tafernaberry considered there were no aggravating factors and a number of mitigating factors including the player’s early acceptance of guilt, his clean disciplinary record and exemplary conduct at the hearing. Accordingly, the final sanction to two weeks.

The player is suspended for Canada’s final match of the tournament on 10 September and also a club match in Vancouver on 16 September. The player has a right of appeal.

The full written decisions will be published once available.