World Rugby to appeal independent disciplinary decision relating to Owen Farrell’s red card

The plot thickens.

World Rugby has today confirmed to the Rugby Football Union and Six Nations Rugby that it will exercise its right to appeal in regard to the Owen Farrell disciplinary decision following a careful review of the independent Judicial Committee’s full written decision received on 16 August.

World Rugby say that they fully support the important role that an independent disciplinary process plays in upholding the integrity and values of the sport, particularly regarding foul play involving head contact.

“Player welfare is the sport’s number one priority, and the Head Contact Process is central to that mission at the elite level of the sport,” a statement read.

“Having considered the full written decision, World Rugby considers an appeal to be warranted.”

In line with provisions set out under Regulation 17, an independent Appeal Committee will be appointed to determine the matter at the earliest possible opportunity.

Further details regarding the hearing, including appointments and date, will be confirmed by Six Nations Rugby.

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