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Why was Jonny Hill not cited?

DISCIPLINARY UPDATE: Darcy Swain will attend a World Rugby disciplinary hearing on Tuesday, following his red card in Australia’s 30-28 victory over England in their Test series opener at the weekend.


World Rugby confirmed the disciplinary hearing in a statement on Sunday.

However, there is no word on a citing for England provocateur Jonny Hill.

The Wallabies had the second row forward, Swain, dismissed in the 34th minute for headbutting Hill in an off-the-ball incident in Perth, but still avoided a ninth successive defeat in the fixture.

However, Swain could face a suspension following an incident that was the result of some repeated “provocation” by England and Hill, according to Australia coach Dave Rennie.

At one point Hill, who was sin-binned for his part in the incident, was pulling Swain’s hair.

“I’m not sure if it was a team plan, but there was certainly provocation there,” Rennie said.


“Not just in that situation but also earlier in the game.

“We’ll have a decent look at the footage and work out how we’re going to appeal that.

“We’ll have decent look at the card. We’ll be seeking clarity around it.”

There is no word yet on whether Hill will face a citing for his part in the incident.


World Rugby have 48 hours in which to cite the Exeter Chiefs lock.

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The World Rugby statement

Australia second row Darcy Swain will attend a disciplinary hearing after receiving a red card for an act of foul play – contrary to Law 9.12: A player must not physically abuse anyone – in Australia’s Test match against England on July 2.

The player will attend a hearing via video link before a judicial committee chaired by Shao-Ing Wang, joined by former players Chris Smith and Stefan Terblanche.

The hearing will take place on Tuesday in agreement with the player and his representatives.

* Additional reporting by PA

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