Steyn appeals four-week ban

Tue, 31 Jan 2017 19:31

NEWS: Montpellier's South Africa flyhalf star Francois Steyn appealed on Tuesday against the four-week ban imposed for a dangerous tackle on Leinster counterpart Jonny Sexton in a European Champions Cup tie earlier this month.

The 29-year-old - capped 53 times and one of the Springboks' stars of the 2007 World Cup triumph - was red-carded just before the half-hour mark of his team's 3-57 mauling, which ended their hopes of making the quarterfinals.

"The Montpellier player, Francois Steyn, has lodged an appeal against the four-week suspension imposed on him by an independent Disciplinary Committee following his sending off during his club's European Rugby Champions Cup, Round Five match against Leinster at the RDS on January 13, 2017," read the European Professional Club Rugby statement.

If he fails in his appeal on Wednesday he will be sidelined until March 6.

Agence France-Presse