Butch James to miss Lions tour with four-week ban

Butch James will miss the whole of the Lions Australasian Super Rugby tour after he was suspended for four weeks for a dangerous shoulder charge on a Brumbies player.

James pleaded guilty to SANZAR duty judicial officer Mike Heron for contravening law 10.4 (h) after he was cited during a Super Rugby match at the weekend.

Law 10.4 (h) states a player must not charge into a ruck or maul. Charging includes any contact made without use of the arms, or without grasping that player.

James charged into a ruck in the 63rd minute of the match between the Lions and Brumbies in Johannesburg near the Brumbies’ goal line. He made contact with Brumbies player Scott Fardy after a penalty had been awarded to the Lions.

Butch James is suspended from all forms of the game for the next four weeks to and including Saturday 26 May 2012.

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