Suspended Greyling to miss Wallaby clash
September 16, 2012
Dean Greyling was shown yellow during teh Dunedin clash © Getty Images
South Africa prop Dean Greyling will miss the Springboks' next Rugby Championship clash against Australia in Pretoria on September 29 after being suspended for two weeks.
Greyling was banned for a forearm smash on All Blacks skipper Richie McCaw during South Africa's 21-11 defeat to New Zealand in Dunedin on Saturday. He admitted hitting McCaw when he appeared before SANZAR judicial officer Paul Tully on Sunday.
"Greyling, whilst in the process of cleaning out at a ruck, recklessly used his forearm such that he made contact in a dangerous way with the head of New Zealand player Richie McCaw," Tully said.
"Although there was no injury complained of, the action had potential to cause serious injury."
Springbok's coach Heyneke Meyer apologised to McCaw after the match and said Greyling's behaviour had cost them the game. He said: "We're a team that prides ourselves on discipline and we can't afford these things in games."
Springbok skipper Jean de Villiers also insisted that Greyling would face internal action.
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