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Springbok Jean de Villiers banned for dangerous tackle

South Africa winger Jean de Villiers tackles New Zealand's Rene Ranger
De Villiers was up against Rene Ranger on the wing for the All Blacks

South Africa winger Jean de Villiers has been banned for two weeks for a dangerous tackle during the 31-17 Tri-Nations loss to New Zealand.

De Villiers was cited for a lifting tackle on Rene Ranger in the first half of Saturday's match in Wellington.

He was suspended until 1 August and will miss the Springboks' next Tri-Nations match against Australia in Brisbane on Saturday.

South Africa do not have a fixture the following weekend.

De Villiers is the second Springboks player to be banned in this year's Tri-Nations after lock Bakkies Botha was suspended for nine weeks for head-butting All Blacks' scrum-half Jimmy Cowan in the first Test.

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see also
New Zealand 31-17 South Africa
17 Jul 10 |  Rugby Union
Botha handed nine-week suspension
11 Jul 10 |  Rugby Union
New Zealand 32-12 South Africa
10 Jul 10 |  Rugby Union

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