Ireland's Donnacha Ryan has been suspended for three weeks after an independent Six Nations disciplinary committee upheld a citing for stamping which followed Saturday's match against Samoa.
Ryan, a 69th-minute replacement for Devin Toner at the Aviva Stadium, had his case heard via a video conference at Heathrow and Dublin.
A statement following the hearing, chaired by Roger Morris (Wales), confirmed: ‘Having considered all of the evidence, the disciplinary committee, which also comprised Achille Reali (Italy) and Simon Thomas (Wales), found that the player was guilty of foul play and imposed a suspension of three weeks from November 15, 2010 until midnight on Sunday, December 5 2010.
‘The committee, having listened to submissions from Mr Ryan, his legal representative and Paul McNaughton, the Ireland team manager and viewed the video evidence, found that the incident merited a mid-range entry point in the IRB list of sanctions which they then reduced on account of the player's exemplary disciplinary record and good conduct at the hearing.’
Ireland won the match 20-10.
Ryan has the right of appeal against his punishment, which rules him out of Ireland's remaining autumn internationals against New Zealand and Argentina.