Canada hooker Barkwill banned for 9 weeks
DUBLIN (AP) — Canada hooker Ray Barkwill has been banned for nine weeks for making contact with an opponent’s eye during a rugby test against Romania.
World Rugby says the offense carries an entry-point suspension of 12 weeks but was reduced because of mitigating factors, including Barkwill’s previously clean disciplinary record.
The incident occurred in Canada’s 18-9 loss in Bucharest on Saturday in the last match of its end-of-year tour of Europe.
From the same match, Romania forward Mihai Macovei received a six-week suspension for striking an opponent in the face with his forearm.