9-week ban for eye-gouging ends Argentina lock's World Cup

Mariano Galarza has been disciplined after an incident with New Zealand’s Brodie Retallick.

Galarza in action against the All Blacks.
Galarza in action against the All Blacks.
Image: Christophe Ena

WORLD CUP DISCIPLINARY chiefs have banned Argentina’s Mariano Galarza for nine weeks, excluding him from the rest of the tournament, after an incident with New Zealand’s Brodie Retallick.

Galarza was found guilty of making “contact with the eye or eye area” of Retallick during the Pumas 26-16 defeat by the world champion All Blacks at Wembley on Sunday.

The giant Argentine, 28, denied the charge. He did not get the maximum sentence because of his good disciplinary record up to now.

World Rugby ordered a clampdown on what it called “insidious” fouls around the eye area in 2009.

The ban extends past the World Cup and will stop Galarza playing for his English club side Gloucester until 26 November.

© – AFP 2015

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