Hore gets five-week ban

World Rugby

London – New Zealand hooker Andrew Hore is set to miss Saturday's international against England at Twickenham after receiving a five-week ban Wednesday for striking Wales lock Bradley Davies.

Hore's suspension will run until February 24 next year to ensure he misses three pre-season Super Rugby warm-up matches for the Highlanders.

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CARDIFF, WALES - NOVEMBER 24: Jonathan Davies (R) of Wales spills the ball under the challenge of Andrew Hore (L) of New Zealand during the International match between Wales and New Zealand at the Millennium Stadium on November 24, 2012 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

Davies was taken to hospital after he was hit from behind by Hore inside the opening minute of world champions New Zealand's 33-10 win over Wales at the Millennium Stadium last Saturday.

International Rugby Board (IRB) judicial officer Professor Lorne Crerar of Scotland, ruled Hore's swinging arm was “inherently dangerous” but accepted the All Blacks' hooker had not “intended” to make contact with Davies's head.

Crerar was initially minded to give Hore an eight-week ban for a 'top-end' offence of this type, but reduced the suspension to five weeks when taking into account such mitigating factors as the New Zealander's daily contact with Davies since the incident. – Sapa-AFP

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