Pumas lock suspended

Tomas Lavanini has received a one-week ban for an illegal entry into a ruck during Argentina's 28-9 defeat to the All Blacks in Napier on Saturday.

The incident in question involved All Blacks captain Richie McCaw and happened in the 51st minute of the match at McLean Park.

The referee Pascal Gaüzère gave a penalty for the incident, but the citing commissioner deemed the infringement to have been worthy of a red card.

'Having considered the available evidence and helpful submissions of Dr Rizzi, the player was offered a one-week suspension which was accepted. In assessing the incident I was satisfied that the low entry level should apply,' said Sanzar duty judicial officer Adam Casselden.

'The player’s action can be described as reckless and not intentional. I accepted as mitigating factors the age of the player, his good playing record and his early guilty plea. The recommended sanction at the lower end for this offence is a two-week suspension.

'As a result of my finding of mitigating factors I reduced the two week sanction by one week, thus imposing a suspension of one week. The player was accordingly suspended from all rugby for one week up to and including 13 September 2014. This means that the player will miss his next scheduled match against Australia.'

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