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Tom Jordan banned for 5 games after Murray hit

Tom Jordan Decision

Tom Jordan has been suspended for 5 matches following a recent red card, leaving Glasgow with a problem filling the playmaker role for their remaining fixture of the season, the European Challenge Cup final against Toulon on Friday 19th May.

A player must not tackle an opponent early, late or dangerously. Dangerous tackling includes, but is not limited to, tackling or attempting to tackle an opponent above the line of the shoulders even if the tackle starts below the line of the shoulders.

Law 9.13

During the URC Quarter Final loss to Munster, Glasgow standoff Tom Jordan was red-carded by referee Andrea Piardi in the 25th minute for what has been deemed a non-reckless (but was very much reckless) arm free tackle on Conor Murray.

Jordan accepted that he had committed an act of foul play which warranted a Red Card. Simon Thomas oversaw the disciplinary panel and determined that it warranted a Red Card due to the severity of the offense. As a result, Jordan received a 10-week suspension. However, his previous clean record, admission of guilt, and apology to the Munster No 9 resulted in a reduced suspension of five weeks.

Should the Player complete the World Rugby Coaching Intervention Programme then the sanction will be reduced by one week.

Fixtures Tom Jordan is unavailable for:

13 May 2023, Super 6 Sprint Series 5
19 May 2023 / 20 May 2023, EPCR Challenge Cup Final / Super 6 Sprint Series 5
27 May 2023, Super 6 Sprint Series Final
31 May 2023, Barbarians v Swansea RFC
29 July 2023, Super 6 Sprint Series 1 (Season 2023 – 2024)

3 Responses

  1. The suggested “unavailable” fixture list is a total fantasy! In what universe was Jordan going to play in Super 6 matches or the Baa Baas v Swansea ?
    Makes a complete mockery of these decisions.The judicial committee cannot surely be naive enough to believe the player was ever going to be involved in anything other than the Challnge Cup Final.
    (Ok I accept that in theory Jordan could have been invited to play for the BaaBaas but the chances were probably infinitesimal.)

    1. while I agree this is a mockery, it is what the Irish did (Healey) and NZ (Barret the lock) yet WR approve it with the usual head in sand don’t upset the big boys attitude. Bet they sort it now

      1. Yes, you are right it is very much consistent with the practice of all unions or teams to fudge the suspensions like this. The system is a bit of a farce really.

        At least Glasgow players genuinely do appear for Super 6 sides on occasion, even if Jordan clearly wouldn’t be playing in these games. Michael Hooper was once included in a team list for a Shute shield game a week before an Australia test to make him available for the latter.

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