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Jimmy Gopperth to miss Leinster return after being suspended for this flying-punch

The Wasps fly-half has been handed a three-week ban.

Gopperth will miss the opening two fixtures of the Champions Cup campaign.
Gopperth will miss the opening two fixtures of the Champions Cup campaign.
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JIMMY GOOPERTH WILL serve a three-week suspension after pleading guilty to striking Leicester Tigers’ Matthew Tait during Sunday’s Aviva Premiership match.

The Wasps fly-half will now miss the European Champions Cup against Leinster at the RDS on 15 November.

Gopperth was sin-binned for colliding with former England international Tait during the second-half of his side’s 24-16 defeat at Welford Road.

The New Zealander was called before a three-man Rugby Football Union disciplinary panel on Tuesday evening, for ‘punching or striking, contrary to law 10.4(a)’.

Wasps have appealed the suspension with the hearing set to take place on Thursday.

Should his ban be upheld, Gopperth will miss Sunday’s game against Gloucester as well as the European outings against Leinster and Toulon.

gopperth Source: BT Sport

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