Friday 17 November 2017

Italy prop Martin Castrogiovanni to miss Ireland clash after stamping ban

Italy's Martin Castrogiovanni
Italy's Martin Castrogiovanni

Italy prop Martin Castrogiovanni has been banned for two weeks for stamping on Scotland's Duncan Taylor in the 36-20 RBS 6 Nations defeat in Rome.

The 34-year-old prop came on as a second-half replacement at the Stadio Olimpico and later appeared to direct a stamp towards Taylor's foot.

Castrogiovanni admitted to the offence at a disciplinary hearing held in London on Wednesday and was issued with a fortnight's suspension.

The sanction means the Test centurion will miss the March 12 appointment with Ireland, but is available to face Wales seven days later.

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