De Villiers cited for dangerous tackle
July 17, 2010
Jean de Villiers was cited for a dangerous tackle © Getty Images
Jean de Villiers has been cited for a dangerous tackle during South Africa's 31-17 defeat to New Zealand and will appear at a judicial hearing on Sunday.
The winger was reported by citing commissioner Scott Nowland for his tackle on All Blacks' winger Rene Ranger in the 27th minute of the match, governing body SANZAR confirmed in a statement.
The 29-yer-old will appear before judicial officer Dennis Wheelahan of Australia in Wellington.
De Villiers' citing follows the suspension of team-mate Bakkies Botha for nine weeks. The South Africa lock admitted to head butting New Zealand scrum-half Jimmy Cowan in the 32-12 loss at Eden Park last weekend.
The loss of De Villiers would be a further blow to the Springbok who are now 10 points behind the All Blacks in the Tri-Nations table and face Australia in Brisbane on Saturday.
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