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Lawes Given Two-Match Ban

England lock banned for incident against Argentina

Posted Sep 14, 2011 by Chris White

Lawes in action against Australia

England were dealt a blow ahead of their World Cup clash with Georgia, with the news that Courtney Lawes has been handed a two-match ban for “recklessly striking an opponent” with his knee during his side’s opening game.

Lawes has been adjudged to have caught Argentinian hooker Mario Ledesma with his knee during England’s 13-9 victory in Dunedin and the 22-year old lock will now miss the clash with Georgia and the following game against Romania.

In a statement from Rugby World Cup Ltd, in which Lawes’ “excellent disciplinary record and remorse” were taken into account, the decision was that “Lawes, who pleaded not guilty, was suspended by independent judicial officer Terry Willis in accordance with the Rugby World Cup 2011 disciplinary process. Having conducted a detailed review of all the evidence available, the judicial officer upheld the citing on the basis that the player had committed an act of foul play.”

Lawes will be available to play in the pool B match against Scotland on 1st October in Auckland, by which time coach Martin Johnson hopes the side will have already qualified and he will have skipper Lewis Moody available after injury.

Johnson felt, in relation to the Lawes incident, that the two had had a “coming together” as they went into the tackle but accepts the punishment handed out to the lock and they will not be appealing the decision.

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