Lachie Swinton avoids suspension following red card

Thu, 17/06/2021, 10:26 pm
Nathan Williamson
by Nathan Williamson
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Wallabies and Waratahs back-rower Lachie Swinton has avoided suspension following his red card during last week's loss to the Chiefs.

Swinton was sent from the field late in the game after a dangerous cleanout on Chiefs flanker Lachlan Boshier.

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With his spot in the Wallabies squad under jeopardy, the 24-year-old opted to head to the judiciary on Thursday, reportedly offered a four-week ban that would have ruled him out of the first Test against France on July 7.

However, Swinton has been cleared to play by SANZAAR's Judicial Committee, who overturned the red card.

Lachie Swinton has been sent off

Whilst admitting Swinton was guilty of breaking Law 9.20: Dangerous play in a ruck or maul, they believe the incident did not warrant the send-off.

"A SANZAAR Judicial Committee Hearing has found Lachie Swinton of the Waratahs guilty of contravening Law 9.20 Dangerous play in a ruck or maul, after he received a red card during a Super Rugby Trans Tasman match at the weekend," they said in a statement.

"However, the Committee has found that the level of offending did not reach the red card threshold.

"No further sanction has been imposed on the player."

Swinton missed the start of the season after he was sent off during his International debut against the All Blacks in December for a high tackle.

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