5 Oct 2011

15 week ban for eye incident

6:40 am on 5 October 2011

Italy hooker Leonardo Ghiraldini has been banned for 15 weeks after he admitted making contact with Irish prop Cian Healy's eyes during their Rugby World Cup pool match in Dunedin.

Ghiraldini, who maintained his actions were not deliberate, faced a hearing in Auckland on Tuesday over the incident.

Judicial officer Bruce Squire said the offending was "at the top end".

Healy was penalised for retaliating after the incident on Sunday, though television replays then showed Ghiraldini had touched Healy's eyes as the pair wrestled at the breakdown.