LONDON, 25 Sept – Romania player Valentin Ursache was cited by Independent Citing Commissioner James Absaloms (Kenya) under Law 10.4(e) for dangerous tackling in the Rugby World Cup 2015 Pool D match against France in London on 23 September.

Ursache (pictured with ball in hand against France) denied he committed the offence under Law 10.4(e).

Having conducted a detailed review of all the evidence available, including all video camera angles and additional evidence from the player and submissions from his legal representative, the Judicial Officer Adam Casselden (Australia) upheld the citing under Law 10.4(e) for dangerous tackling.

With respect to the sanction, the Judicial Officer deemed the offence to be at the lower end of the scale of seriousness which has an entry point of two weeks. However, taking into account mitigating factors including his excellent disciplinary record and the absence of aggravating factors, the player was suspended for a period of one week.

In the context of the tournament a week equates to one match. Therefore Ursache is suspended for Romania’s match against Ireland on Sunday, 27 September. He is free to resume playing on 28 September.

The player has 48 hours in which to appeal from receipt of the written decision.