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Wales lock Bradley Davies banned from Six Nations

Updated: February 08, 2012, 11:10

DUBLIN(AP) Wales lock Bradley Davies will miss the rest of rugby union's Six Nations after he was banned for seven weeks Wednesday for a tip tackle on Ireland's Donnacha Ryan.

Davies was yellow-carded with 15 minutes remaining of Wales' 23-21 win in Dublin on Sunday. With play moving elsewhere and the ball nowhere near, he hoisted Ryan into the air and slammed him head first into the turf.

The standard ban for a tip tackle is 10 weeks but an independent tournament disciplinary committee arrived at the final suspension by adding two weeks due to the seriousness of the offense and taking off five because of his previously good disciplinary record and guilty plea.

The Welsh Rugby Union said it would study the findings of the disciplinary committee before commenting on the case.

Davies is free to play again on March 26 but can appeal against the punishment.

Ireland backrower Stephen Ferris was also cited for a dangerous tackle on Ian Evans, a mistake which gave Wales the late penalty that Leigh Halfpenny kicked for victory.

But the flanker was cleared and is free to play in Saturday's Six Nations match against France.

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