Venter appeal rejected
South Africa centre Brendan Venter's appeal against a 21-day ban for stamping on a Uruguayan forward during last Friday's Pool A game has been dismissed by World Cup officials.
As a result the centre will not be available until the day before the final on 6th November.
Venter, who came on as a replacement when South Africa won the 1995 World Cup final, was suspended by the World Cup disciplinary commission on Monday for having been shown the red card by Australian referee Peter Marshall after he had stamped on Uruguayan back-rower Martin Panizza.
The 29-year-old has been one of the few successes of the Springboks campaign so far and his loss, coupled with the unavailability of henry Honiball could be crucial against England on Sunday.
South African coach Nick Mallett, who had been optimistic that Venter would win his appeal on the basis that he had done it without any malicious intent, refused to comment.
However the team's press officer Alex Broun said "Giles White (our lawyer) argued our case well but unfortunately it was not enough to persuade the tribunal to change the verdict."