On Monday, World Rugby announced the opening of an investigation and the president of the French Rugby Federation, Bernard Laporte, had called for a “heavy penalty”.
South African referee Jaco Peyper apologized for mimicking Frenchman Sébastien Vahaamahina's elbow after the Wales-France match, World Rugby announced on Tuesday (October 22nd). “Jaco Peyper acknowledges that the picture taken of him in the company of Welsh fans, who circulated on social media following the quarter-final between Wales and France, was out of place and he apologized”, said the International Rugby Federation.
This last “confirms that the selection committee of match officials has dismissed Jaco Peyper of his selection for this weekend”. Clearly: Jaco Peyper will not compete in the semi-finals. Welsh Nigel Owens will be in charge of the first semifinal between New Zealand and England on Saturday in Yokohama. Frenchman Jérôme Garcès will officiate him during the second, between South Africa and Wales, Sunday, still in Yokohama.
On Monday, World Rugby announced the opening of an investigation and the president of the French Rugby Federation (FFR), Bernard Laporte, had called for a “heavy punishment”.