Disciplinary: Mako Vunipola, Saracens, and Jacob Umaga, Wasps

Disciplinary: Mako Vunipola, Saracens, and Jacob Umaga, Wasps

The cases of Mako Vunipola, Saracens, and Jacob Umaga, Wasps, were heard yesterday evening, Tuesday 11 October, by an independent disciplinary panel chaired by Matthew O’Grady, sitting with Alastair Campbell and Mitch Read. 

Vunipola was charged with dangerous play in a ruck or maul contrary to World Rugby Law 9.20a after receiving a red card in the match against Newcastle Falcons on 9 October. He received a three week ban which may be reduced to two weeks if he successfully completes the World Rugby Coaching Intervention Programme (CIP).  

Vunipola will miss the following games:


  • 15 October v Bath Rugby (Premiership)
  • 17 October v London Irish (Premiership Cup)
  • 22 October v Exeter Chiefs (Premiership) * subject to completing CIP

Vunipola's full judgement is available here.

Umaga was charged with tackling, charging, pulling or grasping the jumper in the air, contrary to World Rugby Law 9.17 after receiving a red card in the match against Northampton Saints on 9 October.  He received a three week ban.  The matches he will miss are to be determined following confirmation by the club as to when he is fit to return to play.  

Umaga's judgement will be available online in due course.



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