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Canada hooker Barkwill banned for 9 weeks

November 28, 2014

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.

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