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In brief: Venter hit with €25,000 fine out Williams

Published 05/11/2010 | 05:00

Saracens director of rugby Brendan Venter has been fined €25,000, €15,000 of which has been suspended, after being found guilty of misconduct by a European Rugby Cup disciplinary hearing in Dublin yesterday.

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The South African was handed the charge over comments he made in the wake of his side's Heineken Cup defeat to Leinster at Wembley on October 16 and has been found guilty of bringing the ERC, Heineken Cup, the match officials and the sport into disrepute.

The ERC ruling read: "The independent disciplinary committee found that Mr Venter was guilty of misconduct in that he had been inappropriately critical of ERC, the tournament, the match officials and the sport of rugby union, and imposed a fine of €25,000.

"However, the committee decided that €15,000 of the fine would be suspended until June 30, 2012, and would be payable only if Mr Venter is found guilty of further acts of misconduct."

Wales leave out Williams

Wales' most-capped forward of all time - Cardiff Blues flanker Martyn Williams -- has failed to win a starting place for the autumn Test series opener against Australia tomorrow.

Williams, who has won 95 caps, has to be content with a place on the bench behind his Blues colleague Sam Warburton, who packs down in the back row alongside Newport Gwent Dragons prospect Dan Lydiate and No 8 Jonathan Thomas.

Coach Warren Gatland has, as expected, moved star centre James Hook to full-back instead of the injured Lee Byrne.

Australia coach Robbie Deans has named an unchanged matchday 22 for the clash.

Sonny Bill set for All Blacks debut

Former New Zealand rugby league star Sonny Bill Williams will make his All Blacks Test debut against England at Twickenham tomorrow.

The 25-year-old replaces Conrad Smith at outside-centre in one of four changes from the team which lost 26-24 to Australia in Hong Kong last weekend.

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