England winger Armitage banned for quarterfinals
Updated: October 03, 2011, 00:48
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AUCKLAND, New Zealand(AP) England winger Delon Armitage will miss the Rugby World Cup quarterfinal against France after being banned for 1 match for a dangerous tackle in the last Pool B match against Scotland on the weekend.
Armitage pleaded guilty to a charge of foul play and was banned for one match by RWC judicial officer Bruce Squire in Auckland on Monday.
England will play France in a quarterfinal at Auckland on Saturday. Armitage will be allowed to return to prepare for the semifinals if 2003 champion England advances. England has 48 hours to lodge an appeal.
The 27-year-old Armitage was cited for his second-half tackle on Scotland fullback Chris Paterson as England rallied from a 12-3 deficit to win 16-12 with a try three minutes from fulltime and top its pool.
"It's a shame to lose Delon as he has played well, but these things happen and we have some quality wings in Mark Cueto and Matt Banahan to chose from,'' England manager Martin Johnson said.
Armitage is likely to be replaced on the left wing by Cueto, who was dropped for the Scotland match despite scoring a hat trick in the 67-3 win against Romania on Sept. 24.
Armitage has played three matches at the 2011 World Cup on the wing. Coming into the tournament, he showed his versatility by playing six of his last seven tests as a replacement at center or wing after all 16 previous starts were at fullback.
The rise to prominence of Ben Foden at fullback and the excellent form of winger Chris Ashton, who has scored six tries at the World Cup to total 15 in 17 tests overall, has meant Armitage and Cueto have dueled for the left wing position.
Born in Trinidad, Armitage became the first native West Indian to represent England at test level in rugby when he made his debut in the 39-13 win over the Pacific Islanders at Twickenham in 2008.
Armitage has played five of his 26 test appearances with his brother, openside flanker Steffon Armitage, who failed to make England's World Cup squad.