No appeal for CJ van der Linde

Springbok prop C J van der Linde has not appealed against his suspension of four weeks as SA Rugby have not received the set out reasons for his suspension him in writing from Sanzar.


“It is completely unsatisfactory,” said manager of national teams Andy Marinos on Thursday.


“We wanted to look through the reasons of his suspension before lodging an appeal but have to date not received it. We simply cannot appeal on a bland Sanzar media release,” he said.


“We don’t know why answers have not been forthcoming,” Marinos said.


Marinos added that he had requested SA Rugby’s Christo Ferreira to follow up on the delay in forwarding the decision to suspend Van der Linde by New Zealand’s Nick Davidson, QC, who chaired the SANZAR judicial hearing on Monday.


“I don’t know whether the Aussies have had a reply,” he said.


The Wallabies have indicated that they would appeal the one-week suspension of their flank Rocky Elsom – but will probably have to hold back on that as well because of the non-reply from Davidson and Sanzar.


The suspension will not influence the further participation of CJ van der Linde for the Springboks, as it remains highly unlikely that his full four-week suspension would be set aside.


This is the Boks’ last Test before the end-of-year tour in November. Van der Linde has probably played his last Test for South Africa and will be playing his future rugby overseas.


“We wanted to appeal and possibly have his sentence reduced for CJ’s future and his disciplinary record,” said Marinos.


Sapa  – Rugbyweek.com

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