Ireland are unlikely to appeal CJ Stander’s one-week ban but have expressed disappointment with the way the flanker’s disciplinary hearing has been handled.
Skills and kicking coach Richie Murphy told a press conference Ireland’s management still had not received disciplinary officer Terry Willis’ written judgement 15 hours after the decision was reached.
Ireland have 48 hours to appeal when they receive that document, but have already begun to plan without Stander for the second Test against South Africa in Johannesburg on Saturday.
They trained at St David’s School in Sandton on Tuesday and have no injury worries for Saturday’s game.
Stander was shown a red card midway through the first half of the first Test after he collided with Pat Lambie and caught the out-half’s head with his hip. Ireland went on to win 26-20 with 14 men.
The Springbok star is out of the second Test as a result of the concussion he suffered.
CJ Stander was sent off against South Africa on Saturday. Luke Walker/Gallo Images/Getty Images
“Unfortunately we can’t make that decision yet because we haven’t received the notification, the report, at the moment,” Murphy said when asked if Ireland would appeal the ban.
“We’re in a situation where we’re halfway through the training week already. CJ obviously hasn’t been training with the team so it’s probably a situation where it’s probably a little bit too late already.
“We’re disappointed. We’re disappointed in the verdict. It’s one of those things where a player’s got injured on the pitch and we’re disappointed for that as well, that was never the intention from CJ.
“I suppose the process that he’s gone through over the last three days has just taken forever. It’s been very slow. So, that’s something that’s probably gone against CJ at this stage.
“CJ will be missed but with that it gives opportunities to other guys like Rhys Ruddock who has had a really good season this year. We’ve got Rhys there who can step into this shoes, if needed.”
Murphy is expecting a different challenge at Ellis Park on Saturday, despite his hope Ireland will have 15 men for the duration this time.
“It is a totally different situation,” he said.
“At times we were a little bit lucky at the weekend. South Africa knocked one or two balls on, got stripped once or twice in our 22 and we’d acknowledge that.
“Come Saturday, it will probably be a very different game and it’s very hard to compare 14 to 15. On the day we had 14 men and managed to get the job done.
“I think we need to park that now and move on to this week’s challenge in Johannesburg, which will be completely different to last weekend.”
South Africa have called up Morne Steyne for the second Test.
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