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Monday 5 December 2016

Earls receives two-week ban

Keith Earls (left). Pic: Sportsfile
Keith Earls (left). Pic: Sportsfile

Keith Earls has been suspended for two weeks on review of his red card against Glasgow Warriors.

The Munster three-quarter was initially stood down with a four-week punishment for a dangerous tackle on hooker Fraser Brown in the 19th minute of a super-charged Champions Cup atmosphere at Thomond Park.

The independent Disciplinary Hearing upheld referee French referee Jerome Graces decision, making the finding that Earls merited a low-end entry under the guidance of governing body World Rugby's sanctions.

The committee then reduced the four-week sanction by a maximum of two weeks due to the "timely guilty plea, expression of remorse and clean disciplinary record" from Earls.

The man from Moyross will not be available to play until Monday November 7th, meaning he will miss out on the first of Ireland's two tests against New Zealand two days earlier.

Nonetheless, he has been included in Ireland's extended squad to prepare for the All Blacks.

Moreover, he will be free to contest for selection for the other three November tests, beginning with Canada on the 12th of the month.

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