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One-week ban for Rush

Cardiff Blues number eight Xavier Rush has been handed a one-week ban for the red card he received during his side's Heineken Cup clash with Northampton on Sunday.

Rush was sent off by referee Jerome Garces for a dangerous tackle above the line of the shoulders on Courtney Lawes, in contravention of Law 10.4 (e).

After Wednesday's disciplinary hearing, an ERC statement read: "It was a recklessly effected tackle with no intent by Mr Rush to make contact as high as he did. There was also no intent to cause injury and Mr Lawes appeared to almost be on one knee at the time of impact."

The statement continued: "The independent judicial officer considered there were no aggravating factors and he accepted that Mr Rush pleaded guilty, that he had an excellent record, that he showed remorse and that he conducted himself well at the hearing. This mitigation resulted in a one-week reduction from the entry point of two weeks.

"Mr Rush is therefore suspended for one week up to and including December 27 and is free to play on December 28."

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