Tuesday, August 30, 2016

World Rugby issue statement on jurisdiction following Owen Franks incident

Owen Franks - like a blind man trying to pick up a bowling ball. 

World Rugby have issued a statement following the furore over the Owen Franks alleged eye-gouging incident - which was not cited - in New Zealand's Rugby Championship clash with Australia.

"In response to the weight of enquiries regarding the extent of its disciplinary jurisdiction, World Rugby would like to clarify that the disciplinary process for The Rugby Championship is independent and under the auspices of tournament organiser, SANZAAR."

'World Rugby’s ability to intervene in potential citing cases arising from tournaments run by independent tournament organisers is limited to circumstances where no such disciplinary process is in place or where the process has not been followed. 

'World Rugby has direct jurisdiction in all of its own competitions, including Rugby World Cup, Women’s Rugby World Cup, the men’s and women’s HSBC Sevens Series and the Under 20 World Championship. World Rugby also has the right of appeal in cases arising from international tours held during the June and November windows.'