The panel, comprising Alan Hosie of Scotland, Marcel Martin of France and Roger Vanderfield of Australia, reached its verdict only by a majority decision. The 26-year-old Neath forward, sent off by Didier Men after the intervention of his touch judge Patrick Robin, will next be free to play from 18 April.
His front-row place in Saturday's match against Scotland at Murrayfield has already gone to the uncapped Spencer John of Llanelli but although he will also miss the Ireland game on 4 March he will be eligible for selection for Wales's World Cup squad.
In South Africa, the re-escalating rivalry between Inkatha and the African National Congress is raising fears about the use of Durban as a World Cup venue. England are due to play all their pool games at King's Park, which will also host a quarter- and a semi-final.
After all the fuss about where the England party will be staying, to have to change from Durban would be the last straw.
"We wouldn't want to change Durban as a venue but we would if we had to," Craig Jamieson, the tournament manager, said yesterday.Reuse content