Armitage banned for one match
Delon Armitage has been banned from England's Rugby World Cup quarter-final against France.
The England wing received a one-match ban at a disciplinary hearing in Auckland on Monday after pleading guilty to a "dangerous high tackle" on Scotland's Chris Paterson.
The independent judicial officer, Bruce Squire QC, halved Armitage's potential ban after taking into account a number of mitigating factors.
Armitage will be available to play in the semi-finals, should England beat France in Auckland next Saturday.
England have a ready-made replacement for Armitage in the form of Mark Cueto, who missed out on facing Scotland despite scoring a quick-fire hat-trick against Romania.
Cueto had played 29 consecutive games for England before a back injury ruled him out of their World Cup victories over Argentina and Georgia.
The Sale wing admitted he "spat the dummy" after England manager Martin Johnson opted to start with Armitage on the left wing against Scotland.
Cueto felt fully fit after his appearance against Romania - but the England coaching staff disagreed.
"I was 100% fit," Cueto said. "The coaches weren't convinced I was 100%. They know me pretty well and they thought I was just lacking a little edge in that game. They thought I needed another week's training, get that under my belt and be OK. You try and convince them to change their minds and whatever else but the decision was made.
"It was something I had to deal with. I spat my dummy out on the day I was told but it is a squad effort."