Springbok wing Jean de Villiers has been suspended for two weeks after being cited for a dangerous tackle during the Investec Tri Nations Test match, New Zealand v South Africa at Westpac Stadium, in Wellington last night.
De Villiers had been cited for an alleged lifting, tip tackle on All Blacks winger Rene Ranger in the 27th minute of the match, which the All Blacks won 31 – 17.
He appeared before SANZAR Judicial Officer Dennis Wheelahan QC in Wellington today, who found de Villiers guilty of a breach of rugby law 10.4 (j).
Mr Wheelahan considered submissions from de Villiers, his representatives and video evidence.
Mr Wheelahan said that an important mitigating factor in de Villiers’ favour, was his exemplary disciplinary record, which consisted of one yellow card for persistent infringing during a career spanning nearly 10 years and 60 Tests. He also took into account the player’s admission of a dangerous tackle.
De Villiers was suspended for two weeks up to and including 1 August 2010. He will be ineligible for selection for South Africa’s Tri Nations Test match against Australia, in Brisbane, next Saturday 24 July 2010.