Two-week ban sees Earls ruled out of All Blacks test

Keith Earls has received a two-week ban for his sending off in Munster's emotionally charged Champions Cup tie against Glasgow Warriors at Thomond Park last weekend.

The Moyross man travelled to London today where he was handed the ban for a dangerous tackle on Fraser Brown.

He will miss this weekend's Munster fixture against Ulster and is also ruled out for Ireland's upcoming game against New Zealand in Chicago.

The is the full statement from Champions Cup rugby:

The Munster Rugby player, Keith Earls, has been suspended for two weeks following an independent Disciplinary Hearing in London today (Wednesday, 26 October 2016) arising from the European Rugby Champions Cup, Round 2 match between Munster Rugby and Glasgow Warriors.

Earls was sent off by referee, Jérôme Garcès (France), for a dangerous tackle on the Glasgow Warriors hooker, Fraser Brown, in the 19th minute of the match at Thomond Park in contravention of Law 10.4 (j).

Law 10.4 (j) Dangerous tackling

Under World Rugby’s Sanctions for Foul Play, Law 10.4 (j), Lifting a player from the ground and either dropping or driving that player’s head and/or upper body into the ground while the player’s feet are off the ground, carries the following sanction entry points "Low End: 4 weeks; Mid-Range: 8 weeks; Top End: 12 to 52 weeks."

 

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