Blues wing Rene Ranger has been suspended for one match, following a SANZAR judicial hearing in Pretoria, South Africa, on Sunday.
Rugby 365 reports that he was found guilty of a dangerous tackle during the Blues’ 26-59 Super 14 loss to the Bulls in Pretoria at the weekend.
The judicial officer found Ranger guilty of making a high and late tackle on Bulls hooker Derick Kuün in the 32nd minute of the first half of the match.
Kuün required treatment in the blood bin as a result of the tackle.
The ban means Ranger will not be available for the Blues’ match against the Stormers in Cape Town on Saturday.
However, the ban is meaningless, as Ranger would not have played in the game anyway.
Ranger suffered a suspected fractured eye-socket in the clash with the Bulls, an injury which could sideline him for up to six weeks.
He joins a growing Blues’ injury ward which included Rudi Wulf, Benson Stanley, Jay Williams and Ali Williams before the side flew to South Africa.
The Blues also have injury worries in terms of Keven Mealamu, Tony Woodcock, Isaia Toeava and Kurtis Haiu.
* Meanwhile, Lions players Jannie Boshoff and Heinke van der Merwe will appear before a SANZAR judicial officer on Tuesday, after being cited for a dangerous tackle on Francois Steyn in the 76th minute of the match between the Sharks and the Lions at the weekendTweet