World Rugby has taken the heavy decision to cancel the red card inflicted on the Australian Marika Koroibete, sent off for a dangerous tackle on the captain of the XV of France Anthony Jelonch, on Saturday, during the test match between the two nations (33- 30).
World Rugby announced on Monday that a disciplinary commission had canceled the red card received by Australian Marika Koroibete during the test match won by the Wallabies against France (33-30) on Saturday in Brisbane. The Melbourne Rebels winger was sent off in the 5th minute of play by New Zealand referee Ben O’Keefe for a tackle too high on Anthony Jelonch, leaving his teammates fourteen.
This did not prevent them from winning and winning the series against the French, two wins to one. Wallabies coach Dave Rennis accused French players (and in particular Jelonch) after the match of being guilty of simulation. Asked after the defeat of the Blues, Anthony Jelonch explained that, according to him, there was very red for Koroibete “without dispute”. A load to the shoulder and face, even if it does not cause serious injury, remains prohibited by the regulations.
An “accidental” contact
“The player Marika Koroibete admitted to having technically committed an act of foul play deserving a red card, said the statement from World Rugby. After having examined all the evidence, the committee considered that the tackle of Marika Koroibete on the French third row Anthony Jelonch first caused shoulder-to-shoulder contact in the 5th minute of the game.
“Subsequently, through the impact, any contact with the chest and neck was accidental on the part of Koroibete, specifies the text. On this basis, the committee did not uphold the red card and the player is free to replay immediately. ” He can thus be aligned from the next Wallabies match, on August 7 against New Zealand, as part of the Bledisloe Cup.