Eben Etzebeth: Boks lock cited

2012-11-20 00:00

LONDON — Springbok lock Eben Etzebeth has been cited for making contact with the “eye or eye area” of Scotland flyhalf Greig Laidlaw, the International Rugby Board (IRB) announced yesterday.

The alleged incident occurred in the second half of the Springboks’ 21-10 win over Scotland at Murrayfield on Saturday.

Etzebeth (21) will appear before an IRB disciplinary hearing today and if found guilty faces a lengthy ban, which could include the Springboks’ Test against England at Twickenham this coming Saturday.

Meanwhile, in a separate incident, Argentina prop Juan Figallo has been cited for head-butting France captain Pascal Pape at the finish of the Pumas’ 39-22 defeat in Lille on Saturday. Figallo’s hearing is listed for tomorrow, with Argentina playing Ireland on Saturday.

The IRB’s recommended sanctions for a player found guilty of “eye-gouging” range from a low entry point of 12 weeks to a high entry point of 24 weeks, with a maximum ban of three years.

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