Committee, date named for Billy Vunipola hearing

England face a very busy Tuesday on the independent disciplinary hearings front, as the case of the red card shown to Billy Vunipola on Saturday in Dublin will be heard on the night after the appeal in the case of Owen Farrell.

A Six Nations statement read: “England No8 Billy Vunipola will attend an independent disciplinary hearing after receiving a red card for an act of foul play contrary to Law 9.13 (a player must not tackle an opponent early, late or dangerously). in summer. Nations Series match between Ireland and England on Saturday 19 August.

“The player will attend a hearing via videoconference before an independent judicial committee consisting of Roddy Dunlop KC (Chairman, Scotland), along with former international manager Frank Hadden (Scotland) and former international Jamie Corsi (Wales). The hearing will take place on Tuesday night, August 22.”

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Vunipola received a yellow card in the 53rd minute in Dublin for his collision with Ireland’s Andrew Porter, a penalty that was upgraded to a red card a few minutes later after a review of the TMO bunker.

England boss Steve Borthwick said after the game: “I’m not going to comment on the incident specifically because he goes into disciplinary proceedings next week.

“Hopefully we find a conclusion on both matters this week and it doesn’t drag on another week. Once I have all the facts, I’ll deal with them.

“We talked about how this test week was interrupted (because of the Farrell situation) and I need to adjust during the week. It is another challenge that has been thrown at us.”

It was Tuesday last week that England captain Farrell was cleared to play with immediate effect after the red card received against Wales on 12 August was rescinded.

An independent all-Australian judiciary of Adam Casselden (SC, Chairman) and two former Wallaby players, John Langford and David Croft, decided to downgrade Farrell’s tackle on Taine Basham to a yellow card offence.

However, World Rugby exercised its right to appeal the decision last Thursday and will be heard on Tuesday by a committee consisting of Nigel Hampton KC (Chairman, New Zealand), along with Shao-ing Wang (Singapore) and Donal Courtney (Ireland). . .

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