Another blow for Lions

Lions flanker Alan Quinlan’s ban for eye gouging has been upheld and he will not tour South Africa.

Quinlan was banned for 12 weeks for his infringement but appealed, only for the independent judiciary to maintain the earlier ruling. This comes on the same day wing Leigh Halfpenny was ruled out of the start of the tour, while replacements will have to be found for both.

Quinlan was initially a shock selection and England flank Tom Croft  must be favourite to take his place, while fullback Delon Armitage is another expected to take the flight out on Sunday night.

‘The committee found that Alan Quinlan had not demonstrated the original decision had been in error or that it should be overturned or varied,’ read the judgement.

‘Accordingly the appeal committee dismissed the appeal and upheld the suspension imposed on the player of 12 weeks.’