Wednesday 24 May 2017

CJ Stander to miss Saturday's second Test in South Africa after receiving a one-game ban

CJ Stander, right, of Ireland is shown a straight red card by referee Mathieu Raynal during the 1st test of the Castle Lager Incoming series between South Africa and Ireland at the DHL Newlands Stadium in Cape Town, South Africa. Photo by Brendan Moran/Sportsfile
CJ Stander, right, of Ireland is shown a straight red card by referee Mathieu Raynal during the 1st test of the Castle Lager Incoming series between South Africa and Ireland at the DHL Newlands Stadium in Cape Town, South Africa. Photo by Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

Ruaidhri O'Connor in Johannesburg

Ireland will have to cope without CJ Stander for their second Test against the Springboks in Johannesburg after the flanker received a one-game ban.

The Munster captain was shown a red card by French official Mathieu Raynal for a dangerous challenge on out-half Pat Lambie.

Australian disciplinary official Terry Willis adjudicated for two days on the hearing, before issuing a two-week suspension that has been reduced to seven days as a result of Stander's good prior record.

That means the blindside will be available for a potential series decider against the 'Boks in Port Elizabeth on Saturday week.

Lambie will also miss the second Test as a result of the concussion he suffered in the incident and Morné Steyn has been called up in his place.

Ireland have 48 hours to appeal the decision and will review the written ruling before deciding on the next course of action.

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