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Lawes handed two-game ban

England lock Courtney Lawes has been handed a two-game ban after being found guilty of recklessly striking an opponent with his knee.

Lawes entered a not guilty plea when he appeared before a disciplinary hearing in Auckland after being cited for hitting Argentina hooker Mario Ledesma with his knee during Saturday's 13-9 win in Dunedin.

The Northampton player will therefore miss the Pool B matches with Romania and Georgia, Rugby World Cup organisers have confirmed.

The offence carries a guideline suspension of three to 12 weeks, or matches in the World Cup context, but Lawes' offence was deemed 'low end' and he will be free to play against Scotland in the final pool match in Auckland on October 1.