Byrne banned

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - SPORT -

WALES full­back Lee Byrne will miss his na­tion’s Six Na­tions opener against Eng­land next week af­ter be­ing banned for his role in the 16th-man con­tro­versy in the Os­preys’ Euro­pean Cup win over Le­ices­ter.

Byrne pleaded guilty to a mis­con­duct charge as a re­sult of a brief pe­riod dur­ing which Os­preys had 16 play­ers on the field. Byrne’s ban is bad news for Wales, whose head coach War­ren Gat­land had been ex­pected to hand him the num­ber 15 shirt for the clash with Eng­land. – Sa­paAFP

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