Jean pleads guilty – and is docked two weeks

Jean de Villiers admitted to making a dangerous tackle and has been suspended for two weeks.

De Villiers was cited for a spear tackle on Rene Ranger in Saturday’s Test against the All Blacks in Wellington. On Sunday De Villiers was barred from competitive rugby up to and including 1 August 2010 by Australian Sanzar judicial officer Dennis Wheelahan QC.

De Villiers becomes the second Springbok, after Bakkies Botha (nine weeks), to be suspended from participating in the Tri-Nations. The 60-cap player will, however, miss just one Tri-Nations fixture.

Wheelahan said De Villiers’ exemplary disciplinary record counted in his favour when he handed down the verdict. He also took into account the player’s admission of a dangerous tackle.

De Villiers’ unavailability is likely to see Gio Aplon start on the wing against Australia in Brisbane on Saturday.

De Villiers pleaded guilty to making a dangerous tackle, which would have contributed to getting the minimum suspension. It is unlikely he would have played against Australia this week after hurting ankle ligaments and only playing 40 minutes against the All Blacks.