South Africa captain banned for gouging
August 4, 2014
Mandisa Williams on the charge during South Africa's game against Australia © Getty Images
South Africa have been dealt a huge blow ahead of their second match in the 2014 Women's Rugby World Cup after Mandisa Williams was hit with a 16-week ban for foul play.
Williams, who captained South Africa in their opening defeat to Australia, was found to have made contact with an opponent's "eye(s) or eye area" and was also guilty of "striking a player with the fist or arm" during their match last Friday. She was originally banned for 18 weeks but this was reduced by two owing to her clean record.
The news means Williams will miss the rest of their World Cup as will Samoa's Soteria Pulumu. She was issued a straight red card for a dangerous tip-tackle on England's Natasha Hunt in the opening exchanges of their match last Friday. She has been banned for nine weeks but this was reduced to five on account of the player's remorse and clean record.
Both players have the right to appeal.
© ESPN Sports Media Ltd
"If England flounder in the next World Cup the knives will be out - six-year contract or not." Tom Hamilton on the new contract for the England coaches
With the deadline for World Cup ticket applications now over, Tom May outlines his hopes, gripes and wishes for next year's global gathering
Floundering Leicester, exquisite Exeter and two old England players tearing up trees - it's the Monday Maul
The latest Week in Pictures takes in the Rugby Championship and all the domestic action from the northern hemisphere