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Ireland star learns his fate after breaking Retallick's cheekbone

DISCIPLINARY UPDATE: A citing complaint against Ireland prop Andrew Porter for an act of foul play has been dismissed by an independent judicial committee.


Porter was cited on Monday for the high tackle which broke the cheekbone of New Zealand lock Brodie Retallick during last weekend’s series-clinching 32-22 victory over the All Blacks.

The 26-year-old prop was shown a yellow card for the head-on-head collision with Retallick, who is expected to be sidelined for up to eight weeks.

World Rugby statement below…

A World Rugby statement reads: “Porter was cited for an act of foul play contrary to Law 9.13 [a player must not tackle an opponent early, late or dangerously] in Ireland’s final test match against New Zealand on 16 July, 2022.


“The independent committee, chaired by Adam Casselden SC [Australia], joined by former international player Stefan Terblanche [South Africa] and former international coach Frank Hadden (Scotland), heard the case, and considered all the available evidence, including multiple broadcast angles and submissions from the player and his legal representative, Aaron Lloyd.

“The player admitted that he committed an act of foul play but maintained that the red card threshold had not been met and that the yellow card issued at the time by the match officials was correct in the circumstances.

“Having considered all the evidence, the independent committee applied World Rugby’s Head Contact Process and agreed with the match officials’ on-field decision that the player’s act of foul play for a breach of Law 9.13 did not meet the red card threshold due to the absorbing nature of the tackle.

“On that basis, the independent committee deemed the act of foul play did not merit further sanction, and the citing complaint was dismissed.”


Additional source: AFP

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