Dallaglio evades further ban

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Lawrence Dallaglio was last night breathing a sigh of relief after he was given just a one-match ban – which he has already served – after being found guilty at a Rugby Football Union disciplinary hearing of punching. Less fortunate was Leicester's Fijian winger Seru Rabeni, who was sidelined for the rest of the season after being handed a 14-week ban for eye-gouging

The former England captain is now free to play from today as Wasps had acted pre-emptively after an internal hearing following the incident with Leicester prop Julian White during Wasps' EDF Cup semi-final at the Millennium Stadium 10 days ago. Wasps suspended Dallaglio for the Premiership match at Leicester last weekend. It is Dallaglio's final season before retirement and there had been speculation that he would receive a stiffer penalty.

Rabeni was found guilty of gouging Saracens' hooker Andy Kyriacou. His suspension runs until 8 July.

De Wet Barry was cleared to play for Harlequins. Barry, 29, was sent off during Saturday's Newcastle match after a high shoulder charge on Mathew Tait, but was found not guilty of committing a "deliberate, late charge".