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Baird Free To Play Italy Following Red Card In U20s World Championships

2019 World Rugby U20 Championship Pool B, CRAI Stadium, Sante Fe, Argentina 8/6/2019 Australia vs Ireland Ireland's Ryan Baird receives a red card Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Pablo Gasparini

Ireland second row Ryan Baird has been cleared to face Italy in the U20 World Championships in Santa Fe following the red card he received against Australia on Saturday. 

Referee Christopher Ridley gave the Leinster player his marching orders for a high tackle on the Australian fly-half, Will Harrison after 20 minutes.

Ridley consulted his TMO before concluding that there was direct contact with the neck with a high level of danger and issued the red card.

In a statement, World Rugby confirmed that there would be no further sanctions following the Disciplinary Committee’s decision.

“Ireland second-row Baird appeared before an independent World Rugby Disciplinary Committee chaired by José Luis Rolandi (Argentina) along with Stefan Terblanche (former South African player) and Valeriu Toma (former Romanian referee) in Rosario on 10 June, 2019 following the red card issued by referee Christopher Ridley in Ireland’s match against Australia in the World Rugby U20 Championship on 8 June, 2019 in Santa Fe, Argentina, for a high tackle on Australia’s fly-half Will Harrison in breach of Law 9.13.

“The Committee received evidence from Baird, Harrison, the Australian team doctor and the referee as well as a presentation by the player and his team management.

“The Disciplinary Committee found that on detailed analysis there had not been direct contact between Baird’s arm and Harrison’s head and that Baird’s tackle had slipped up from the shoulder. Applying the World Rugby Decision Making Framework for High Tackles (laws.worldrugby.org/en/guidelines) elected to impose no further sanction.”

Ireland face Italy in their final game in Pool B of the World Championships in Santa Fe at 10.30am local time/2.30pm Irish time.

Noel McNamara’s side enjoyed an impressive start to the competition, carrying on their form from the Grand Slam in earlier this year by beating England 42-26.

However, despite a huge effort, the 14-man Ireland side could not see off Australia in their second game and fell to a 45-17 loss.

At the end of the pool phase, the 12 teams will be seeded based on the position in which they finished in their respective pools.

The top four seeded teams advance to the semi-finals. The next four teams down the line will compete in the 5th -8th place playoffs while the bottom four teams will decide the  9th-12th place playoffs.

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