Rugby: Willemse was banned for two weeks, missing the French decision maker

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Rugby: Willemse was banned for two weeks, missing the French decision maker


LONDON: French lock Paul Willemse will miss his team’s latest Six Nations clash against Scotland after being suspended for two weeks following a disciplinary hearing on Tuesday.

Willemse received a red card in the second half of his side’s spectacular win over Wales on Saturday after making contact with the ‘eye area’ of the Wyn Jones propeller.

While admitting that he had been guilty of a misdemeanor, Willemse did not admit that he made contact with the eye after the discipline committee decided he had acted “recklessly and unintentionally.”

In the absence of evidence of injury to Jones, the committee concluded that the offense warranted a four-week suspension at the low-end entry point, but given the player’s attitude towards the disciplinary process before and during the hearing, and his obvious remorse, reduced the suspension to two weeks.

France enter Friday’s crucial Six Nations clash to win by 21 points with a bonus point in Wales for the title, after scoring one last breath to deprive them of the Grand Slam this weekend.

Willemse, who can appeal, will also miss Montpellier’s match against Glasgow in the EPCR Challenge Cup on April 2. It will be free to play from April 5.

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