Rugby Union: Another ban for Moscato

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VINCENT MOSCATO, the former French international who was suspended after being sent off against England last February for rough play, waited six months to resume his career but he has been banned again after only two games of his comeback with Begles-Bordeaux.

Hooker Moscato, who boxed as an amateur to keep fit during his enforced rest from the game, was barred yesterday from playing for three weeks by Begles-Bordeaux, the French club champions two years ago, 'because of problems within the squad' in a championship match against Toulouse last weekend.

Another French club, Grenoble, have asked their national federation to lift a lifetime ban imposed on the former Welsh international prop Stuart Evans when he joined the rugby league club St Helens in 1987, so that he can play for them. Evans, who appeared seven times for Wales between 1985 and 1987, played in Canada last season.

Northern Transvaal's reserve hooker, Andries Truscott, has been named as the replacement for Uli Schmidt, who withdrew from the seven-week Springbok tour to France and England this autumn. Truscott was chosen in preference to Western Province's Andrew Patterson and the former Scottish international and Natal hooker, John Alan.

Schmidt pulled out of the tour, which starts later this month, because it conflicted with his business commitments.