France Lock Paul Gabrillagues Could Miss Rugby World Cup After Six-Week Ban

Paul Gabrillagues was banned for six weeks

France lock Paul Gabrillagues could miss the Rugby World Cup after he was handed a six-week suspension for foul play in their warm-up match against Scotland last weekend.


World Rugby found Gabrillagues guilty of a head-first challenge on Scotland's John Barclay during their 32-3 win over the visitors in Nice on Saturday and the Frenchman accepted that it was a dangerous foul worthy of a red card.

France name their World Cup squad on September 2 and Gabrillagues appears likely to miss out as the ban rules him out of contention until October 6.

The 26-year-old would miss France's first three matches against Argentina, the US and Tonga.

"The disciplinary committee, having considered the evidence and the submissions, deemed that the foul play was intentional," World Rugby said in a statement after the committee reviewed footage of the incident.

"The offence took place at considerable pace and with considerable force to the opposition's head such that the player sustained an injury.

"The committee determined that the act merited a top-end entry point which according to World Rugby's Sanctions Table carries a minimum 10-week suspension."

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