10 Oct 2015 16:40pm
WINDHOEK, 10 OCT (NAMPA) - Namibias loose-forward Renaldo Bothma has been suspended for two weeks by the Independent Citing Commissioner at the 2015 Rugby World Cup after admitting an act of foul play.
The Welwitschias have thus far played three games at the 2015 Rugby World Cup currently underway in London, England.
In their first match of the tournament against defending champions New Zealand, they lost 14-58 and in the second game they lost 21-35 to Tonga. Namibia lost 16-17 to Georgia.
A statement posted on the Rugby World Cup website stated that following a review of video footage, Bothma was cited by Independent Citing Commissioner Maurizio Vancini (Italy) under Law 10.4(e) for a dangerous high tackle during the 49th minute of Namibias Rugby World Cup ool C match against Georgia at Sandy Park, Exeter on 07 October.
In its memorandum on Dangerous tackles (high tackles), dangerous grasping of neck and/or head area of player not in possession of the ball and dangerous grasping/holding of ball carrier above the line of the shoulders dated 22 May 2015, World Rugby stated that these types of tackles above the line of the shoulders had the potential to cause serious injury.
In the context of the Rugby World Cup tournament a week equates to one match. The suspension takes effect immediately; therefore Bothma is suspended for Namibias final Pool C match against Argentina on 11 October. The suspension thereafter reverts to weeks and the player will miss his next scheduled match for Toyota Verblitz on 14 November.
He is free to play again on 15 November 2015.
Bothmas suspension will now see Namibia missing two of their most influential players, with captain Jacques Burger already out of the team due to an injury he sustained during the Georgia match.
Another player ruled out of the team is scrumhalf Eneill Buitendag who will be replaced by Damian Stevens. Prop Raoul Larson has not recovered from an injury and drops out of the match day 23. Johannes Coetzee will start at tight-head with AJ de Klerk coming onto the replacement bench.
The Namibian team to play Argentina on Sunday is:
15. Chrysander Botha, 14. Johan Tromp 13. JC Greyling, 12. Johan Deysel, 11. Conrad Marais, 10. Theuns Kotzè, 9. Damian Stevens, 8. Leneve Damens, 7. Wian Conradie,
6. Rohan Kitshoff (c), 3. Johannes Coetzee, 2. Torsten van Jaarsveld 1. Jaco Engels, 5. Tjiuee Uanivi, 4. Janco Venter.
16. Louis van der Westhuizen, 17. Johnnie Redelinghuys, 18. AJ de Klerk, 19. Pieter-Jan van Lill, 20. Tinus du Plessis, 21. Russel van Wyk, 22. Eugene Jantjies 23. Heinrich Smit.