New Zealand World Cup winner Jerome Kaino will miss his club sides Toulouse Chanpions Cup meeting with Leinster this weekend after it was announced that he will have to survey a five week ban for a shoulder charge on the experienced Welsh international Jamie Roberts. The incident took place in the opening round of the Champions Cup meeting between Bath and Toulouse.
Kaino appeared before a disciplinary meeting on Wednesday afternoon in Paris and was cited by the match citing commissioner Eugene Ryan. Kaino made 81 appearances for New Zealand and won the World Cup. He will now miss the crucial clash with Leinster this coming weekend.
In a statement released European Professional Club Rugby said “The committee upheld the citing complaint as it determined that Kaino had committed an act of foul play that warranted a red card. The statement read further “On the basis that the incident involved contact to the head, the committee was obliged under World Rugby regulations to find that the offence was at least at the mid range of the sanctions, and six weeks was selected as the appropriate entry point. However, they said that in the absence of a guilty plea, but in consideration of the players good conduct at the hearing the committee decided to decrease the suspension by one week to 5 “weeks.
Kaino’s team mate Lucas Pointud who plays as a prop was also suspended for an incident in that game with Bath. He indeed received a 4 week ban. Pointud was cited for striking Bath prop Nathan Catt with his head. Once again a disciplinary board meeting in Paris determined the outcome. They found that he had used his shoulder to make contact with Catt’s head and the action was to be a red card. He will be suspended till 26th November.