Castrogiovanni banned for Ireland clash


Martin Castrogiovanni will miss Italy's Six Nations clash with Ireland after being banned for two weeks for a stamp on Scotland's Duncan Taylor.

Castrogiovanni was cited following the incident during Italy's 36-20 defeat against Vern Cotter's side in Rome on Saturday.

The veteran prop appeared before an independent Six Nations Disciplinary Committee on Wednesday and the verdict was that he should have been shown a red card by referee Jaco Peyper.

Castrogiovanni will miss the trip to Dublin for Italy's penultimate game of the tournament a week on Saturday as a result of his actions.

A Six Nations statement said: "The Disciplinary Committee found that the act of foul play warranted a red card.

"In considering the entry point for sanction, the Disciplinary Committee assessed the seriousness of Mr Castrogiovanni's actions and found that the act was at the lower end of World Rugby's sanctions, carrying a two-week suspension.

"Having considered the various mitigating factors involved, including the player's admission and his regret at his actions, the Disciplinary Committee found that these were not sufficient to merit a reduction in the entry point sanction and suspended Mr Castrogiovanni for two weeks.
"Mr Castrogiovanni, who has the right of appeal, is suspended up to and including Sunday 13 March 2016."

Italy look set for the wooden spoon after losing all three matches so far.