1 Jul 2015

Speight suspension upheld

8:27 am on 1 July 2015

An appeal by the ACT Brumbies over the severity of the suspension handed out to winger Henry Speight has been dismissed by the SANZAR judiciary appeals committee.

The Brumbies and Wallabies winger Henry Speight in Super Rugby action.

The Brumbies and Wallabies winger Henry Speight in Super Rugby action. Photo: PHOTOSPORT

Speight was banned after being found guilty of a dangerous lifting tackle on Stormers captain Juan de Jongh in the Super Rugby qualifying final win in Cape Town earlier this month.

The penalty means he missed the Brumbies' losing semi-final effort against the Hurricanes in Wellington and will miss the first two Tests of the Rugby Championship against South Africa and Argentina.

The committee dismissed the appeal because it found that the tackle involved both lifting and driving, saying the penalty imposed was not excessive.

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