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One of Argentina's key men will miss the Ireland game because of a one-week ban

Marcelo Bosch can get the feet up with Seanie this weekend.

Georgia's Konstantin Mikautadze and Marcelo Bosch of Argentina.
Georgia's Konstantin Mikautadze and Marcelo Bosch of Argentina.
Image: James Crombie/INPHO

IRELAND MAY HAVE to plan without one of their banned star men this week but Argentina too have been hit with some bad news tonight.

Like Sean O’Brien, Pumas star man Marcelo Bosch has been suspended for one week and will miss the Rugby World Cup quarter-final in Cardiff.

The Sarries man was cited for  a dangerous tackle in the game versus Namibia on Sunday. Bosch admitted committing an act of foul play.

The ruling reads: “With respect to the sanction, the Judicial Officer deemed the act of foul play merited a low-end entry point of two weeks. However, taking into account mitigating factors including his conduct prior to and at the hearing, his remorse, good character and clean disciplinary record, the Judicial Officer reduced the suspension to a period of one week.

“The suspension takes effect immediately and will run up to and include 18 October, 2015. He is free to resume playing on 19 October, 2015.  Bosch will therefore miss Argentina’s quarter-final against Ireland.”

The player has 48 hours in which to appeal from receipt of the written decision.

Scotland’s hopes of shocking Australia in the Rugby World Cup quarter-finals have been dented, meanwhile, after hooker Ross Ford and lock Jonny Gray were each suspended for the remainder of the tournament, pending appeals.

Ford and Gray received three-week bans after being cited for dangerous tackles in Saturday’s Pool B victory over Samoa at St James’ Park.

Both forwards denied committing acts of foul play at a hearing, but were found guilty by an independent citing commissioner.

Scotland face Australia at Twickenham on Sunday, with the winners facing Ireland or Argentina in the last four.

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