Le Roux handed a one-week ban

Date published: June 26 2016

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Springbok full-back Willie le Roux is suspended for one week after pleading guilty to a charge of breaching Law 10.4 (i), during Saturday’s Test match between South Africa and Ireland in Port Elizabeth on Saturday.

Le Roux was cited by commissioner James Absaloms of Kenya for making contact with Ireland full-back Tiernan O’Halloran in the 11th minute of the match as they both leapt in the air for a high ball.

The Ireland player somersaulted and land heavily on his upper body and head as a result of the aerial collision. The Sharks player accepted the citing complaint.

Judicial Officer Terry Willis of Australia heard the case in Port Elizabeth on Sunday and found that the relevant entry point for the offence was at the lower end and accepted the submission made by Advocate Attie Heyns on behalf of Le Roux that a one-week suspension was appropriate.

Le Roux is suspended for the match between the Sharks and the Lions on July 2 after which he will be free to play.

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