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Hodge's disciplinary hearing excuse doesn't wash with fans

There has been a new twist in the saga surrounding Reece Hodge’s three-week ban as it was revealed the Wallabies winger said he has no knowledge of World Rugby’s decision-making framework regarding high tackles and had not been trained on it.

This excuse from Australian has been met with utter disbelief from the world of rugby and has been roundly dismissed.

Fans on Twitter simply do not know where to start when it comes to picking this excuse apart, saying it is impossible for any rugby player to not know the laws.

This is an area of the game where World Rugby have tried to clamp down and be stricter over the past year, and there is absolutely no way that Hodge was not aware that any contact to the head of a player would spell trouble.

The winger himself has already played in matches this year where players have been punished based on the current framework in place. Scott Barrett’s red card in the first Bledisloe Cup Test earlier this year is an example and Hodge was only metres away when it happened.

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A player does not even need to play to understand the new framework, rather he has to just watch a match on the television to have a rough idea.

But if Hodge’s explanation is actually the case, fans have also said that Michael Cheika, Rugby Australia and the Melbourne Rebels must be blamed for not briefing their players on what is to be expected at this World Cup.

This excuse, though, doesn’t seem to be fooling anyone. This is what has been said:

Hodge is set to miss the rest of the pool stage for the Wallabies before returning for the quarter-final should his country get there.

His tackle on Peceli Yato has set the benchmark for what is and what is not acceptable at this RWC but, more importantly, if Hodge’s excuse is actually taken at face value, it is an alarming insight into how the players are not briefed and how little they actually know about the laws.

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Hodge's disciplinary hearing excuse doesn't wash with fans