Ban rules Pisi out of Leinster clashes
GEORGE PISI will miss Northampton's back-to-back Heineken Cup clashes with Leinster next month after he was handed a six-week ban for his tip-tackle on Tommy Bowe on Saturday, writes Ruaidhri O'Connor.
The Samoan centre received a yellow card from referee Steve Walsh at Lansdowne Road after tackling the winger late, bringing his legs above hip-height and releasing him to the ground.
He pleaded guilty to the tip-tackle and was handed an eight-week ban with an extra two weeks to act as a deterrent for other players. However, that was then reduced by four weeks for mitigating factors.
It means he will not be free to play until December 23.
Wales star Jonathan Davies will be fully available to play international rugby after he secured "full release" as part of his two-year contract with French giants Clermont Auvergne, which starts next summer.
However, Clermont's announcement coincided with confirmation that Davies (25) requires surgery on the ruptured pectoral muscle injury he suffered in the 24-15 loss to South Africa.
Meanwhile, England could be without Manu Tuilagi for the entire Six Nations after he was ruled out until February with the same injury. Prop Alex Corbisiero and wingers Christian Wade and Marland Yarde have also been ruled out of Saturday's game against New Zealand.