Etzebeth hit with two-week suspension
September 10, 2012
Springboks lock Eben Etzebeth is set to miss his side's forthcoming clash with the All Blacks © PA Photos
South Africa's Eben Etzebeth will miss his side's Rugby Championship clash with New Zealand this weekend after being handed a two-week suspension for headbutting Australia's Nathan Sharpe.
Etzebeth was cited in the wake of the Boks' 26-19 defeat in Perth on Saturday night after video replays showed him launching his head towards his Wallabies rival.
Referee Nigel Owens only issued a warning to both players at the time but upon further review of the match footage the citing commissioner deemed the incident had met the red card threshold for foul play and therefore warranted further investigation.
The 20-year-old Etzebeth faced a SANZAR hearing via videoconference on Monday and was found guilty of contravening Law 10.4 (a) regarding punching or striking an opponent and subsequently handed a two-week sanction that runs until September 24.
South Africa have stated that they will not appeal the ban.
© ESPN Sports Media Ltd.
As the Southern Hemisphere club season nears its climax, teams in Europe are getting back into training. See the best snaps in Week in Pictures
When the Lions toured South Africa in 1974, some thought rugby could break down barriers. But John Taylor refused to make the trip altogether
"I think in a couple of seasons London Irish can be a genuine force and contenders for the Premiership." Tom Hamilton talks to Brian Smith
"I hate this talk of survival, we are going there to compete." Tom Hamilton talks to London Welsh's Justin Burnell and Matt Corker