Brutish Bergamasco banned

Italy flanker Mauro Bergamasco has been suspended for 13 weeks after being found guilty of eye-gouging.

The Azzuri were thrashed 47-8 by Wales last week, a defeat that’s cost them more than log position. Bergamasco was convicted of eye-gouging Welsh fullback Lee Byrne on Wednesday.

Bergamasco will be out of action until June which effectively ends his season with Italy in the Six Nations and Stade Francais in the respective European competitions.