Highlanders’ Squire free to play; Committee clears charges

Liam Squire of the Highlanders has been cleared of all charges by the SANZAAR Foul Play Review Committee and is free to play. Picture: ZIMBIO

A CITING for Liam Squire of the Highlanders for contravening Law Law 9.12: ‘Striking with shoulder’ was dismissed by the SANZAAR Foul Play Review Committee.
Squire was cited during a Super Rugby match last weekend.
According to a statement issued by SANZAAR, the incident occurred in the 11th minute of the match between the Highlanders and Hurricanes played at Forsyth Barr Stadium in Dunedin on June 1, 2018.
The statement further stated the FPRC of Nigel Hampton QC (chairperson), Stephen Hardy and John Langford found that the player had legitimately entered the ruck ‘through the gate’, and not at great speed, with the intent of cleaning out the other player.
“The player had taken up, and held, a correct body position in order to try and effect the clean out, with his upper body and head in a horizontal plane and with both his hands (neither with closed fists) in a position to be able to engage and grapple with the other player around his torso (about the level of the shoulder blades),” the statement said.
Squire has been cleared of all charges and is, therefore, free to play.