STATEMENT: Maro Itoje set for a ban after being cited for high shot - Ruck

STATEMENT: Maro Itoje set for a ban after being cited for high shot

Maro Itoje, the Saracens and England rugby player, is facing a disciplinary hearing for a dangerous tackle during a match against Bath Rugby on April 26, 2024.

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The independent disciplinary panel, chaired by Philip Evans KC with Becky Essex and Martyn Wood, will convene on Tuesday, April 30, 2024, to review the incident.

Itoje has been cited for a dangerous tackle, which goes against World Rugby Law 9.13. The incident took place in the 29th minute of the first half. These disciplinary hearings are crucial in ensuring player safety and upholding the integrity of the game.

Since the collision, fans have been debating the punishment for the act, with many believing a red card would have been more suitable.

One fan wrote: “You simply cannot mitigate a red card to a yellow based on anything but technique, should see red for that tackle” 

Another said: “A bit naughty to only show that angle which makes it look like a red. Ref was spot on when you see from behind.”

The current 36-man British & Irish Lions squad for 2025, according to the bookies

We found it intriguing to project a smaller squad based on the favored contenders according to bookmakers’ odds as of April19, 2024.

The Lions will play a New Zealand and Australia invitational XV as part of their nine-match tour down under in 2025. 

The historic fixture in Adelaide will precede Test matches with the Wallabies in Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney. 

A sell-out at the 100,000-capacity Melbourne Cricket Ground would smash records for a Lions Test match. 

The series finale will be played in front of more than 80,000 fans in Sydney’s Olympic Park.

The 2025 Lions tour fixtures in full

  • Saturday 28 June: v Western Force, Optus Stadium, Perth
  • Wednesday 2 July: v Queensland Reds, Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
  • Saturday 5 July: v New South Wales Waratahs, Allianz Stadium, Sydney
  • Wednesday 9 July: v ACT Brumbies, GIO Stadium, Canberra
  • Saturday 12 July: v Invitational Australia & NZ XV, Adelaide Oval
  • Saturday 19 July: First Test, Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
  • Tuesday 22 July: v Melbourne Rebels, Marvel Stadium, Melbourne
  • Saturday 26 July: Second Test, Melbourne Cricket Ground
  • Saturday 2 August: Third Test, Accor Stadium, Sydney

The bolded players in our proposed Lions squad represent the starting XV, according to current odds.



  • Duhan van der Merwe (Scotland) – 1/16
  • James Lowe (Ireland) – 1/8
  • Hugo Keenan (Ireland) – 1/5
  • Tommy Freeman (England) – 4/9
  • Immanuel Feyi-Waboso (England) – 8/11
  • Mack Hansen (Ireland) – 2/1


  • Bundee Aki (Ireland) – 1/5
  • Ollie Lawrence (England) – 1/4
  • Sione Tuipulotu (Scotland) – 2/7
  • Robbie Henshaw (Ireland) – 8/11


  • George Ford (England) – 1/10
  • Marcus Smith (England) – 8/15
  • Finn Russell (Scotland) – 8/11