Afoa out of Heineken Cup Semi-final after ban

Ulster’s New Zealand prop John Afoa has been given a four week ban for a dangerous tackle which means he will miss his team’s Heineken Cup Semi-final against Edinburgh later this month.

The former Blues prop Afoa was found guilty by Cup organisers, the ERC, of a dangerous tackle on Munster fullback Felix Jones in the European Cup quarter-final match against Munster on Sunday.

“Ulster Rugby is disappointed with the outcome, and John Afoa himself is very disappointed, particularly in view of his outstanding disciplinary record where he has never previously received a yellow or red card during his professional career,” Ulster said in a statement.

The World Cup winner “looks forward to returning to play after May 7”, the province added.

Should Ulster beat Edinburgh in the semi-final in Dublin, Afoa would be available for the May 19 European Cup final in Twickenham against the winners of the other top-four clash between Clermont and Leinster.

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