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Judiciary dismisses appeal against Hooper’s suspension

August 2, 2015

SYDNEY (AP) — Wallabies flanker Michael Hooper will play in Saturday’s Rugby Championship decider against the All Blacks after a Sanzar appeals committee dismissed an attempt to stiffen his recent ban for foul play.

Hooper was suspended for one week for striking Argentina flyhalf Nicolas Sanchez during the Wallabies 39-19 win in a Championship match in Mendoza on July 25.

The offense carries a minimum two week suspension but Hooper’s ban was reduced to one week because of his previous unblemished disciplinary record. He was also allowed to serve the suspension in a club rugby match last weekend, ensuring his availability for the All Blacks test in Sydney.

Sanzar took the unusual step of appealing the decision of its own judiciary, citing it as inadequate, but the appeals committee Sunday found in Hooper’s favor.

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