FIA sets date for Ferrari right of review request

The FIA is set to consider Ferrari’s request for a right of review of Carlos Sainz penalty in the Australian Grand Prix on Tuesday, April 18.

Ferrari submitted its request after Sainz was hit with a five-second penalty by the Aussie GP stewards for tagging Fernando Alonso into a spin on the exit of Turn 1 just after the race’s second restart.

The Spaniard finished fourth on the road in Melbourne, behind race winner Max Verstappen, Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso, but dropped to 12th in the event’s final results once the five-second time penalty was factored in.

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Tuesday’s process will see Ferrari introduce what it considers as a “significant and relevant new element” that was not available to the stewards at the time, after which the FIA will consider the evidence and decide whether the Scuderia’s request for a review is granted, or not.

If Ferrari’s request is deemed receivable, a new hearing will be held to discuss the sanction.

On Tuesday, Sainz and a Ferrari representative will report to the stewards for a virtual hearing to be held at 08:00 CET.

“The process is that first, they will have a look on our petition to see if they can re-open the case,” Scuderia boss Fred Vasseur told the media last week.

“And then we’ll have a second hearing a bit later, with the same stewards or the stewards of the next meeting, about the decision itself.

“What we can expect is at least to have an open discussion with them, and also for the good of the sport to avoid to have this kind of decision when you have three cases on the same corner, and not the same decision.

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“The biggest frustration was from Carlos, and you heard it on the radio, to not have a hearing.

“Because the case was very special, and in this case, I think it would have made sense considering that it was the race was over, it was not affecting the podium, to have a hearing, as Gasly and Ocon had.”

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U16 and U19 National Champs Round Four Team of the Week

As the U16 and U19 National Championships enter the final weeks, there are plenty of players pushing their cases ahead of the finals.The Brumbies were dominant as they came away from Harlequin Rugby Club with wins in both grades over the Melbourne Rebels.Meanwhile, the Western Force took the Queensland Reds to the limit in the U16s before the Reds responded in emphatic fashion during the U19s.High-Performance National Programs Coach Nathan Grey is among several keeping a keen eye on the action as they look to build for the future, highlighted by the Junior Wallabies and the likely return of the World U20 looks at the teams of the week from both competitions as picked by Grey.*Please note the NSW Waratahs had the bye in round four and will not featureUnder 16s ChampionshipsAfter their thrilling contest, the Queensland Reds and Western Force dominate the team of the week, earning five selections each.Force winger Ken Ah Hong was rewarded for his electric double, joined in the backline by scrumhalf Tamarangi Tunui and centre Christoffel Jansen.Manaia Te Tana continues his strong season with his second selection for the year alongside loosehead prop Lee Ruiz.Fullback Chase Oates and Prestyn Laine-Seitu headline the inclusions for the Reds after their strong second-half performances got the visitors back into the contest.Lock Will Pascoe earns his second selection in a row whilst hooker Ewald Kruger and replacement prop Princeton Ioane round out the Queensland contingency.It's an all-Brumby back-row as Alex Hardy is joined by standouts Bailey Bouquiaux and Harry Harrington whilst flyhalf Sam Chapman has been rewarded after his breakout performance.Rebels flyer Andrew Mulipola is the lone selection from the Victorian side as they look to bounce back this week against the Queensland Reds.Team of the WeekLee Ruiz (Western Force)Ewald Kruger (Queensland Reds)Princeton Ioane (Queensland Reds)Will Pascoe (Queensland Reds)Manaia Te Tana (Western Force)Alex Hardy (ACT Brumbies)Bailey Bouquiaux (ACT Brumbies)Harry Harrington (ACT Brumbies)Tamarangi Tunui (Western Force)Sam Chapman (ACT Brumbies)Andrew Mulipola (Melbourne Rebels)Christoffel Jansen (Western Force)Prestyn Laine-Seitu (Queensland Reds)Ken Ah Hong (Western Force)Chase Oates (Queensland Reds)

Under 19s ChampionshipsAfter their dominant victories, it's not surprising to see the Queensland Reds and ACT Brumbies dominate the team of the week, accounting for 12 of the 15 selections.Reds prop Harrison Usher once again earns nomination, joined in the front-row by Brumbies duo Liam Bowron and Sam Eden.Force standout Caleb Karangoaroa and replacement Brumby Xavier Degai make up the locks whilst Stuart Tualima, Nick Baker and John Bryant complete an all-Reds back-row.They are joined by teammate Willem Johnstone and Brumbies flyhalf Cullen Gray.Rebels duo Toby Fraser and Glen Vaihu are the lone selection from the Victorian-based side, rounding out the team alongside Brumbies duo Sonny Meleisea, Austin Anderson and Reds winger Robert Mapa.Team of the WeekHarrison Usher (Queensland Reds)Liam Bowron (ACT Brumbies)Sam Eden (ACT Brumbies)Caleb Karangaroa (Western Force)Xavier Degai ACT Brumbies)Stuart Tualima (Queensland Reds)Nick Baker (Queensland Reds)John Bryant (Queensland Reds)Willem Johnstone ((Queensland Reds)Cullen Gray (ACT Brumbies)Toby Fraser (Melbourne Rebels)David Vaihu (Melbourne Rebels)Sonny Meleisea (ACT Brumbies)Robert Mapa (Queensland Reds)Austin Anderson (ACT Brumbies)Click Here: Luis Suarez Jersey Sale

Rennes ditch Kim Min-jae deal amid Premier League competition

As reported by L’Équipe, Fenerbahçe defender Kim Min-jae will not be joining Ligue 1 club Rennes despite lengthy talks between the interested parties.

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Rennes assumed they were involved in a straight fight between themselves and Italian side Napoli to sign the 25-year-old South Korean international after both clubs activated the player’s release clause this weekend, reportedly set at around €19.5m. However, the defender has, so far, decided against joining both clubs who were in the process of offering personal terms following sporting director Florian Maurice’s trip to Istanbul in the last few days.

This is because at least one Premier League club has now also entered the race at the final stage and, with the delay and the player’s wage demands being sizeable, Rennes have switched their focus to other targets. Rennes would be unlikely to be able to compete with English clubs on salary but Rennes haven’t entirely given up signing the defender, as they look for a replacement for Nayef Aguerd who left for West Ham, but a deal now seems unlikely despite the fact that a verbal agreement was reached between Rennes and Kim last week.

Premiership: England props Joe Marler and Ellis Genge return as Harlequins and Bristol Bears clash

Loosehead prop Joe Marler has returned from injury to take his place in Harlequins’ XV for their game against Bristol Bears at Twickenham Stoop.

Marler sustained the problem in Quins’ 39-31 Champions Cup defeat to the Sharks, which meant he missed the victory over Racing 92 a week later.

However, he returns to the starting line-up with player of the match from the previous contest, Fin Baxter, dropping to the bench.

A front-row trio of Marler, Jack Walker and Wilco Louw are reunited and backed up in the engine room by George Hammond and Irne Herbst.

The back-row sees Archie White return to the starting line-up at blindside flanker in place of the injured Jack Kenningham, joining Will Evans and Alex Dombrandt at the back of the scrum.

The backline remains unchanged, with Danny Care and Tommy Allan looking to control proceedings from the half-back department in what is set to be a thrilling encounter between two attacking sides in South West London.

Head coach Tabai Matson said: “You might get sick of me saying it, but this game against Bristol in particular is really important. You get a result and we have the chance to create a bit of space between ourselves and the teams in fifth and sixth. In the larger scheme of things, this would be a really important victory.

“We’ve discussed that with the senior players and they’re fired up to get back into the Premiership. Being at home in front of a sold-out Stoop, we want to deliver a good performance.”

Six changes for Bristol

Meanwhile, Ellis Genge and Magnus Bradbury return to action for Bristol when they make the trip to West London.

Pat Lam makes six changes from the side that beat Zebre Parma in the European Challenge Cup, with Rich Lane, Sam Bedlow, Andy Uren and Max Lahiff all named in the starting XV.

Luke Morahan will make his final appearance in a Bears shirt in the festive clash, while Joe Batley, who signed a long-term extension with the club this week, continues in the second-row.

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Form: Harlequins have won their last four fixtures in Premiership Rugby since their 19-27 defeat at home to Leicester on 16 October. Harlequins’ other loss at the Twickenham Stoop in the Premiership this season was to Saracens on 17 September. Bristol Bears drew their most recent league fixture 26-all with Leicester Tigers on 3 December but are without a win in the tournament since their home success over London Irish on 24 September. The Bears have won only once away from home in Premiership Rugby since October 2021: 23-8 against Wasps on 17 September. Harlequins have won their last three fixtures against Bristol whilst the Bears’ only victory at the Stoop since September 2001 came behind closed doors on Boxing Day 2020.

Prediction: Harlequins by 12

The teams:

Harlequins: 15 Nick David, 14 Cadan Murley, 13 Joe Marchant, 12 Andre Esterhuizen, 11 Josh Bassett, 10 Tommy Allan, 9 Danny Care, 8 Alex Dombrandt (c), 7 Will Evans, 6 Archie White, 5 Irne Herbst, 4 George Hammond, 3 Wilco Louw, 2 Jack Walker, 1 Joe Marler
Replacements: 16 George Head, 17 Fin Baxter, 18 Simon Kerrod, 19 Charlie Matthews, 20 Tom Lawday, 21 Lewis Gjaltema, 22 Will Edwards, 23 Oscar Beard

Bristol: 15 Rich Lane, 14 Luke Morahan, 13 Semi Radradra, 12 Sam Bedlow, 11 Gabriel Ibitoye, 10 AJ MacGinty, 9 Andy Uren, 8 Magnus Bradbury, 7 Jake Heenan, 6 Steven Luatua (c), 5 Chris Vui, 4 Joe Batley, 3 Max Lahiff, 2 Harry Thacker, 1 Ellis Genge
Replacements: 16 Jake Kerr, 17 Yann Thomas, 18 Jay Tyack, 19 Elliott Stooke, 20 Dan Thomas, 21 Tom Whiteley, 22 Callum Sheedy, 23 Ioan Lloyd

Date: Tuesday, December 27
Venue: Twickenham Stoop
Kick-off: 16:15 GMT
Referee: Karl Dickson
Assistant referees: Sara Cox, Simon Harding
TMO: Stuart Terheegee