Springbok de Villiers picks up ban


Rugby:South Africa wing Jean de Villiers has been banned for two weeks following a dangerous tackle in the team's 31-17 defeat by New Zealand.

De Villiers' lifting tackle on Rene Ranger in the first half of Saturday's match at Westpac Stadium was picked out by citing commissioner Scott Nowland.

He appeared in front of judicial officer Dennis Wheelahan today and was handed the punishment which means he must sit out next Saturday's Tri-Nations clash against Australia in Brisbane.

South Africa do not have a fixture on the following weekend.