Etzebeth banned for two weeks

Comment on this story
Eben_Etzebeth4 Steve Haag Gallo Images Eben Etzebeth.

Johannesburg – Springboks lock Eben Etzebeth has been banned for two weeks for head-butting Australian counterpart Nathan Sharpe, ruling him out of South Africa's Rugby Championship game in New Zealand this weekend.

Etzebeth was found guilty in a Sanzar hearing Monday after he thrust his head into the face of the Wallabies veteran in the 25th minute of Australia's come-from-behind win in Perth on Saturday.

Etzebeth will be clear to play again after September 24 and available for home games against Australia and New Zealand.

The 20-year-old Etzebeth has been one of South Africa's best forwards in a struggling first southern hemisphere championship under new coach Heyneke Meyer.

The Boks battled to a draw with newcomer Argentina, then slipped to a fifth straight loss to Australia on Saturday. – Sapa-AP


sign up
 
 

Comment Guidelines



  1. Please read our comment guidelines.
  2. Login and register, if you haven’ t already.
  3. Write your comment in the block below and click (Post As)
  4. Has a comment offended you? Hover your mouse over the comment and wait until a small triangle appears on the right-hand side. Click triangle () and select "Flag as inappropriate". Our moderators will take action if need be.

  5. Verified email addresses: All users on Independent Media news sites are now required to have a verified email address before being allowed to comment on articles. You are only required to verify your email address once to have full access to commenting on articles. For more information please read our comment guidelines