Banned for slur

Sunday News - - SPORT -

Rugby: Ju­nior Spring­boks hooker Ti­aan van der Merwe has banned for six weeks for an of­fen­sive sex­u­ally ex­plicit taunt at an English ri­val at the world un­der-20 rugby cham­pi­onships in France. He was found guilty by World Rugby of ver­bally abusi­ing Eng­land lock Joel Kpoku as South Africa slumped to a 32-31 semi­fi­nal de­feat last week. A World Rugby ju­di­ciary re­port said van der Merwe made ‘‘a se­ri­ous and gross abuse of a highly of­fen­sive sex­ual na­ture in re­la­tion to a player’s mother ac­com­pa­nied by a highly of­fen­sive sex­ual ges­ture’’.

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