Lood de Jager has been banned for one week for “charging” after being cited during the Springboks’ record 57-15 home defeat at the hands of the All Blacks.
The Sanzaar Duty Judicial Officer Adam Casselden SC accepted a guilty plea yesterday for contravening Law 10.4 (h): “A player must not charge into a ruck or maul.”
Charging includes any contact made without the use of arms, or without grasping a player.
The reigning SA Player of the Year, who now sits on the bench for Pieter-Steph du Toit, has been suspended from all forms of the game for one match up to and including 5 November 2016.
Lood’s Cheetahs play in the Currie Cup semifinals against the Golden Lions this Saturday, but his availability for the Boks’ clash against the Barbarians on November 5 is now also in question.