World Rugby has officially confirmed that the governing body will exercise its right to appeal the Owen Farrell disciplinary decision.
The rugby world was stunned on Tuesday when an independent disciplinary panel overturned Farrell’s red card for a dangerous tackle in a World Cup warm-up against Wales.
The majority of rugby stakeholders were left incensed by the verdict, with many current and former players taking to social media to make their feelings known.
Reports emerged late on Wednesday evening that World Rugby would appeal the decision, and tthe game’s governing body made their intent official on Thursday afternoon.
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“World Rugby has today confirmed to the Rugby Football Union and Six Nations Rugby that it will exercise its right to appeal in regard to the Owen Farrell disciplinary decision following a careful review of the independent Judicial Committee’s full written decision received on 16 August,” a statement read.
“World Rugby fully supports the important role that an independent disciplinary process plays in upholding the integrity and values of the sport, particularly regarding foul play involving head contact. Player welfare is the sport’s number one priority, and the Head Contact Process is central to that mission at the elite level of the sport.
“Having considered the full written decision, World Rugby considers an appeal to be warranted.
“In line with provisions set out under Regulation 17, an independent Appeal Committee will be appointed to determine the matter at the earliest possible opportunity.
“Further details regarding the hearing, including appointments and date, will be confirmed by Six Nations Rugby.”
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