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Keith Earls out of Chicago Test after receiving 2-week ban for tip tackle

The Munster wing will be eligible to play again before Ireland’s meeting with Canada on November 12.

MUNSTER WING KEITH Earls has received a two-week ban for his tip tackle in the emotional Champions Cup victory over Glasgow Warriors in Thomond Park on Saturday.

Referee Jerome Garces issued Earls a red card after just 19 minutes of the contest and today’s disciplinary hearing in London has upheld the sanction.

Earls was cited under Law 10.4 (j) – lifting a player from the ground and either dropping or driving that player’s head and/or upper body into the ground while the player’s feet are off the ground’and the committee chaired by England’s Mike Hamlin judged the offence to be at the low end the seriousness spectrum and accepted a guilty plea from Earls.

Four weeks was the entry-point suspension placed on Earls’ tackle, however the ban was then halved owing to the Limerick man’s ‘timely guilty plea’ as well as his clean disciplinary record, absence of aggravating factors and an expression of remorse from the 29-year-old.

The ban means Earls will be unavailable for Munster’s inter-provincial meeting with Ulster this Friday and Ireland’s meeting with New Zealand in Chicago on November 5.

He will be free to play from Monday November 7 and so could line out in the second Test of Ireland’s autumn series, against Canada on November 12 in Dublin.

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