Rugby coach’s 52-week ban

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‘‘The sus­pen­sion was re­ceived six days ear­lier for re­ceiv­ing a red card for foul play.’’

A high school rugby coach has been sus­pended from all rugby for 52 weeks af­ter the Waikato Rugby Union (WRU) ju­di­ciary found him guilty of play­ing a player un­der sus­pen­sion.

Mor­rinsville Col­lege First XV coach Colin Vette was found to have known that player Ja­main Wil­son was sus­pended for a match against Mata­mata Col­lege on Au­gust 31, but still played Wil­son de­spite the six-week sus­pen­sion.

The sus­pen­sion was re­ceived six days ear­lier for re­ceiv­ing a red card for foul play.

Wil­son then re­ceived another red card in the match against Mata­mata Col­lege for kick­ing a de­fence­less player in the back while on the ground, a WRU state­ment said.

Another in­quest took place and the ju­di­ciary found that Wil­son made the con­scious de­ci­sion to play de­spite his ban and a fur­ther 14 weeks was added to his sus­pen­sion.

The WRU said Wil­son had clearly ig­nored the ju­di­cial com­mit­tee’s de­ci­sion on his ini­tial sanc­tion.

Vette was also in­ves­ti­gated for his knowl­edge of Wil­son’s prior mis­con­duct and sus­pen­sion in or­der to ad­dress the coach’s in­volve­ment in the breach of the ju­di­ciary’s de­ci­sion.

The re­sult of the ju­di­cial process found that Vette’s ac­tions were ir­re­spon­si­ble and that he knew of Wil­son’s sus­pen­sion.

Vette was handed a 52-week sus­pen­sion from all rugby, ac­cord­ing to the WRU state­ment. No de­tails were pro­vided. Mor­rinsville Col­lege and the as­sis­tant coach were also re­quested to give ev­i­dence, but no fur­ther sanc­tions were is­sued.

All par­ties in­volved have the right to ap­peal the ju­di­cial com­mit­tee’s de­ci­sion.

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