CAPE TOWN – Stormers wing Raymond Rhule who was red-carded against the Lions at Newlands over the weekend, has been slapped with a three-week ban by Sanzaar.
Because of Super Rugby's break for the mid-year international season, the ban which was announced on Monday means that Rhule can return to action when the Stormers resume their campaign at the end of June.
Leftwing Rhule had a collision with Lions opposite number Ruan Combrinck early in the second half.
Sanzaar also announced on that Stormers centre JJ Engelbrecht has been suspended for one week after his yellow card in the samne match.
Engelbrecht was yellow-carded for a lifting tackle and was subsequently cited.
The Stormers play their next Super Rugby match on Saturday, June 30 when they are away to the Jaguares in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Earlier, Foul Play Review Committee accepted a guilty plea from Sharks captain Ruan Botha and suspended him for four weeks.
Botha was red-carded during the Super Rugby match against the Jaguares at the weekend. The foul play has earned Botha a suspension from all forms of the game up to and including June 23.
The incident occurred in the 72nd minute of the match at Vélez Sarsfield in Buenos Aires on Friday.
Like Rhule and Engelbrecht Bothha will also not miss any games because of the break for international mid-year matches.
The Sharks only play their next Super Rugby on June 30 against the Lions in Durban.
African News Agency (ANA)