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Rugby: Australia coach Cheika confident Hodge will be cleared

Rugby: Australia coach Cheika confident Hodge will be cleared


Rugby : Australia coach Cheika confident Hodge will be cleared

Wallabies coach Michael Cheika believes winger Reece Hodge will be cleared of having carried out a dangerous tackle in Australia's opening World ...

The incident was one of the weekend's most controversial, in the context of World Rugby's campaign to rid the game of high tackles and the head knocks that often go with them.

Hodge was cited on Sunday (Sep 22) for a dangerous tackle on Peceli Yato in the previous day's opening Pool D match in Sapporo. The collision left the Fijian flanker with concussion and prevented him from continuing the match.

"I'm confident that we'll get a fair hearing, and hopefully a quick one, and we can get on with our preparations and Reece will be free to play.

"We're trying to get it this afternoon or this evening so we can get on with preparing for the game."

World Rugby's sanctions for a dangerous tackle start with a two-week ban. The mid-level sanction is six weeks, with a potential ban of 52 weeks as the maximum.

"But it's really simple, show the vision, look at the conditions and the different mitigating circumstances across the whole incident and see what it is.

Cheika, a combative number eight in his playing days, said he had been interested to notice a distinction between the reaction of former players and media pundits.

Cheika said he was disappointed that the matter had not been left to the four match officials at the stadium as well as with how the Fijians went about referring the issue to the citing committee.

"I prefer they come up to me and tell me they're upset if they're upset about it. Not have all the nice chitty-chat and then behind your back put in a referral. I don't think I've ever referred anyone."

Read more: CNA

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