IRB set date for Saru showdown

The International Rugby Board has scheduled the South African Rugby Union’s misconduct hearing for 10 August in Dublin.

The hearing relates to the Springboks’ decision to protest against the suspension of Bakkies Botha in the third Test of the British & Irish Lions series.

A disciplinary committee determined that the Springboks lock was guilty of a dangerous charge on Lions prop Adam Jones in the second Test and suspended him for two matches.

The Springboks appealed the decision, only for it to be upheld. They then protested by wearing white armbands in the third Test with ‘Justice 4 Bakkies’ written on them.

The IRB deemed that was a breach of conduct and decided to take action against Saru.

Honourable Justice John Hansen (New Zealand) will chair the hearing and be aided by Judge Guillermo Tragant (Argentina) and former Australia captain John Eales.