Brumbies lock Rory Arnold is tackled by Lourens Erasmus (left) and Marvin Orie of the Lions at Ellis Park on Saturday. Photo: Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

JOHANNESBURG – Brumbies lock Rory Arnold has been suspended for three weeks following his red card during his side’s Super Rugby match against the Lions at Ellis Park in Johannesburg on Saturday.

The South Africa, New Zealand, Australia and Argentina Rugby (Sanzaar) foul play review committee accepted a guilty plea from the player and sentenced Arnold to the suspension.

Arnold pleaded guilty for contravening law 9.13, which deals with tackling an opponent early, later or dangerously, when he tackled Lions flyhalf Elton Jantjies.

The incident occurred in the 60th minute against the Lions, which the hosts won 42-24.

In his finding, foul play review committee chairman Nigel Hampton ruled the following:

“Having conducted a detailed review of all the available evidence, including all camera angles, and a statement from the player, the foul play review committee upheld the citing under Law 9.13.

“With respect to sanction the foul play review committee deemed the act of foul play, a dangerous high tackle, merited a mid-range entry point of six weeks.

“However, taking into account mitigating factors including the player’s excellent, clear, disciplinary record, his expressed remorse and his guilty plea at the first available opportunity, the foul play review Committee reduced the suspension to three weeks.”

African News Agency (ANA)