Dean Mumm, the Australia flank forward, appeared today in London (Heathrow) before an independent Disciplinary Committee (appointed by World Rugby), having been cited by an independent World Rugby-appointed Citing Commissioner for allegedly lifting an opponent dangerously in contravention of Law 10.4(j) in the Autumn International match between Ireland and Australia at the Aviva Stadium In Dublin on Saturday 26November 2016. Mr Mumm accepted that he had committed an act of foul play (for which he had been yellow-carded) but asserted that it would not have warranted a red card.
The Disciplinary Committee, chaired by Simon Thomas (Wales), alongside Bonike Erinle (England) and Derek Bevan (Wales), viewed video footage of the incident, listened to detailed evidence and representations from and on behalf of the player, and reviewed all of the other evidence. The Disciplinary Committee then concluded that, although Mr Mumm had committed an act of foul play (as he had accepted), the particular circumstances of the incident meant that Mr Mumm’s actions would not have warranted a red card. Accordingly, no sanction was imposed and Mr Mumm is, therefore, free to resume playing immediately.
Lifting a player from the ground and dropping or driving that player into the ground whilst that player’s feet are still off the ground such that the player’s head and/or upper body come into contact with the ground is dangerous play.