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Schoolboy rugby player cops 80-week ban
ESPN Staff
May 24, 2013

A Noord-Kaap High School player has been handed a 80-week suspension for foul play, according to reports on the Beeld website.

Luaan Dowie, 18, apparently punched and head-butted Juandre de Beer during a schools rugby match. The incident occurred two weeks ago in Kimberley, when Noord-Kamp played Waterkloof, and De Beer conceded the punishment was harsh but it should act as a deterrent. Dowie will be free to play again in 2015.

De Beer described the incident: "It was early in the game. There was a ruck and I had to clean out the player. When I turned around he pulled me back. I fell on my back. My hand scraped him during the fall. Then I felt a punch in the face. I stayed on the ground. He received a red card.

"Then he approached me again. I only saw him out the corner of my eye when the first aid people were already attending to me. He head-butted me on my lip and I fell. There were more punches, but I just held on to my head and closed my eyes. My head hurt and my lip was split open, but I played on. You always expect a tough game."

Arni van Rooyen, CEO of the Griqualand West Rugby Union, said the suspension would send "a very strong message out that foul play like that won't be tolerated".

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