Paul Willemse banned for 2 matches – Rugby World


The Montpellier lock misses France’s essential match towards Scotland of their closing Six Nations recreation

Paul Willemse banned for 2 matches

Paul Willemse has been banned for 2 matches after being despatched off in France’s penultimate Six Nations recreation towards Wales. Crucially, he misses the championship decider towards Scotland on Friday evening.

After clearing out Wales’ Wyn Jones from a ruck with an unlawful neck roll, France lock Willemse made contact with the prop’s eye space in the identical motion, which led to his dismissal after referee Luke Pearce and TMO Wayne Barnes reviewed the footage.

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Willemse admitted to committing an act of foul play at his listening to however denied making contact with Jones’s eye. The unbiased disciplinary additionally decided “that there was inadequate proof” of Willemse making contacting with the Wales prop’s eye and rated the offence as “reckless”, ruling it low vary.

A low-range offence begins with a four-week ban and the committee diminished Willemse’s suspension by two weeks, the utmost discount of fifty%.

Willemse’s two-match ban due to this fact covers France’s Six Nations decider towards Scotland, plus Montpellier’s Problem Cup fixture towards Glasgow on 2 April.

A Six Nations assertion learn: “Willemse accepted that he had dedicated an act of foul play and that it had warranted a purple card. He didn’t settle for making contact with the attention.

“The disciplinary committee decided that Willemse had acted recklessly and never deliberately and that there was no proof of damage. It discovered the offence to warrant a low-end entry level.

“The disciplinary committee recognized no aggravating options. When it comes to mitigation, the disciplinary committee gave credit score for Willemse’s immediate acceptance that his actions had constituted foul play. In addition they gave credit score for his angle to the disciplinary course of earlier than and through the listening to and his clear regret. They diminished the suspension by two weeks in order that the ultimate interval of suspension is 2 weeks.”

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