Ryan handed three-week ban for Samoa stamp
IRELAND and Munster second-row Donnacha Ryan has been suspended for three weeks, having been found guilty of stamping on a Samoan player in last Saturday's match at Lansdowne Road.
Ryan testified, via video conference, before a Six Nations disciplinary committee in London and was found to have broken law 10.4 (b). He was banned for three weeks, a suspension which runs until midnight on Sunday, December 5.
The IRFU have not decided whether to appeal the decision and Ryan is ruled out of Saturday's clash with New Zealand, the following weekend's Test against Argentina and Munster's Magners League game against Cardiff Blues on December 4.
Samoan hooker Ti'i Paulo has escaped suspension, having been cited for two dangerous tackles in Samoa's 26-22 defeat to Connacht last week.
Elsewhere, Old Belvedere No 8 Leo Auva'a could become the latest All-Ireland League star to earn promotion to the senior ranks with Leinster. The New Zealander, who has been in flying form for the table-toppers this season, has been training with the senior team this week ahead of Friday night's clash against the Dragons.
He is likely to feature in Saturday's 'A' clash against the Ulster Ravens and, if he comes through strongly, could be in line to be promoted to the seniors for their Magners League visit to Swansea to face the Ospreys at the end of the month.
Two Auva'a tries in Old Belvedere's victory over Shannon last Saturday saw them go top of the Division 1A table and he could join Simon Shawe, Damien Varley and James Coughlan in making the step up from club to provincial rugby.
Meanwhile, South African hooker Richardt Strauss' impressive form saw him named Bank of Ireland Leinster player of the month for October, a month that saw the province go unbeaten in five matches.
- South Africa wing Bryan Habana will play no further part on the tour of Ireland and Britain after breaking a bone in his hand during training.