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Munster's Van Den Heever banned for two Champions Cup games

The South African won’t be available to Anthony Foley for the clashes with Treviso or Stade Francais unless Munster exercise their right to appeal.

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MUNSTER WINGER GERHARD van der Heever has been handed a two-week ban after being deemed guilty of a tackle in the air during the win over Edinburgh.

The South African was yellow carded for the incident, but today’s disciplinary committee chaired by Rhian Williams ruled that the tackle warranted a red card.

In sentencing the 26-year-old, the committee adjudged the offence to be at the low end of World Rugby’s scale relating to Law 10.4(i) which warrants a three-week suspension.

The statement says: “The Disciplinary Committee found that there were no aggravating factors and that there were a number of mitigating factors such that his suspension be reduced by one week.”

Van den Heever has the right of appeal, but the ruling as it stands will see him suspended until 23 November and so will miss Munster’s opening two Champions Cup fixtures against Treviso and Stade Francais. His next opportunity to play will be Connacht’s visit to Thomond Park on 28 November.

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