British & Irish Lions
Botha appeal rejected by IRB
July 1, 2009
Bakkies Botha has had his ban upheld © Getty Images
South Africa lock Bakkies Botha has had his appeal against a two-week ban rejected by an IRB disciplinary panel.
Botha was ruled out of the third Test against the British & Irish Lions due to the ban, which was handed out after he dislocated Lions prop Adam Jones' shoulder by charging the Welshman while not bound to the ruck. Sharks skipper Johann Muller may head straight in to the Test side after his late call-up, with Andries Bekker out through injury and Danie Rossouw struggling with concussion.
The Springboks are also without banned flanker Schalk Burger, whose punishment for eye-gouging Lions wing Luke Fitzgerald has provided a controversial soundtrack to both side's preparations for the final Test. Burger is out for eight weeks, but Botha will return in time for the start of the Springboks' Tri-Nations campaign, against the All Blacks in Bloemfontein on July 25.