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SARU to review punishments

Fines handed out for armband protest to be reviewed

Last Updated: 25/08/09 12:25pm

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Smit wearing a 'justice' armband during the 2009 Lions tour

Smit wearing a 'justice' armband during the 2009 Lions tour

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South African rugby plan to "review" the punishment handed down by an independent disciplinary committee for an armband protest during this summer's British and Irish Lions tour.

Springbok players and management wore armbands that featured the word "Justice" during the third Test defeat in Johannesburg in solidarity with Bakkies Botha, who had been suspended for a dangerous charge on Lions prop Adam Jones in Pretoria seven days earlier.

The South Africa Rugby Union received a £10,000 fine and each player who wore an armband landed a £200 fine with the exception of captain John Smit, who was fined £1,000.

The disciplinary committee, a feature of the International Rugby Board justice system, found SARU, its players and officials guilty of bringing the game into disrepute.

A statement from the union president Oregan Hoskins read: "We note the outcome of the International Rugby Board's Disciplinary Committee hearing into the charges brought against the South African Rugby Union, Springbok players and management.

"We are reviewing the full findings of the committee and will respond once that review is concluded."

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