Lions’ woes deepen

Butch James has been suspended for four weeks after being deemed to have dangerously cleaned out a Brumbies player in the Lions’ match on Friday.

James was yellow carded for recklessly crashing into Scott Fardy at a ruck and has subsequently pleaded guilty for the offence of charging. He will miss the Lions’ entire Australasian tour and is only eligible to return for the Lions’ home clash with the Sharks on 2 June.