Michael Hooper strike on Nicolas Sanchez
Posted by Great Rugby Videos on Monday, July 27, 2015
Wallaby flanker Michael Hooper has received a one week suspension for striking Argentina’s Nicolas Sanchez during their Rugby Championship match at the weekend. Hooper will miss just one club game, and is free to play in the Wallabies’ next match.
The SANZAR Judicial Hearing, chaired by Nigel Hampton QC via video conference, first started on Wednesday, but was adjourned and completed today. Hampton viewed multiple video angles of the incident, medical reports, and heard submissions from legal representatives.
In summary, Hooper’s described as a push with the open hand, similar to a fend, rather than a punch. This was not accepted, as Hampton rules that despite mitagating factors (Sanchez holding him back), the game cannot allow players to retaliate in such a manner.
Hooper’s good disciplinary record resulted in a reduced suspension from 2 weeks to 1 week. He will miss just one club rugby game in Australia, when Manly play Randwick this weekend.