SANZAR dismisses Speight’s five week ban appeal

A SANZAR Appeals Committee has unanimously dismissed an appeal brought by the
Brumbies against the decision that found Henry Speight had contravened Law 10.4
(j) – Lifting Tackle.

The committee was chaired by Nigel Hampton QC (New Zealand) and comprising
Lex Mpati (South Africa) and Terry Willis (Australia).

The Committee dismissed the appeal on the basis that the appellant was unable
to show that the Judicial Officer’s central factual findings, that the tackle
involved both a lifting and driving, were in error.

The Committee also unanimously dismissed the appeal brought against the five-week
(four-match) suspension imposed on Speight, finding that the Judicial Officer
had not erred in principle and that the sanction imposed was not manifestly
excessive.

As such, the player remains suspended from all forms of the game for five weeks
up to and including Saturday 25 July 2015.

No order was made for costs.

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