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Italy's Gonzalo Canale banned for tackle against Scots

Gonzalo Canale shows his enthusiasm against Scotland
Canale helped Italy to score an early try against Scotland

Clermont Auvergne centre Gonzalo Canale has been suspended for two weeks after being cited for a dangerous tackle during Italy's 21-8 loss to Scotland.

Canale was reported for lifting Scotland winger Simon Danielli into a horizontal position seven minutes into the second half at Murrayfield.

But the Six Nations disciplinary committee deemed his tackle to be at the lower end of offences.

There had been no spearing or dropping by the 28-year-old, said a spokesman.

The committee, chaired by Hugh Logan alongside fellow Irishman Dr Barry O'Driscoll and Welshman Russell Howell, viewed television footage of the incident and listened to the Argentina-born player's explanation.

Canale, who had been reported by independent citing commissioner John Byett, is able to resume playing on Monday 4 April and has the right of appeal.

It was Canale's pass to Andrea Masi that set up the full-back to score a 10th-minute try in Edinburgh.

That put Italy 5-3 ahead, but Scotland rallied to win the game.

Scotland's win lifted them above their opponents and off the bottom of the table, although only on points difference.

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