Rugby World Cup in brief: Leslie ban reduced

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The Scotland flanker Martin Leslie yesterday had his 12-week ban cut on appeal. A three-man panel said Leslie was guilty of kneeing Jason Keyter in the head in Scotland's win over the United States, but reduced the record 12-week ban to eight weeks. The verdict still signals the end of Leslie's international career as the 31-year-old was due to retire after the World Cup.

Scotland have made wholesale changes for Saturday's match against Fiji. Scott Murray is dropped after the51-9 loss to France, Nathan Hines taking his place. Bruce Douglas is in for the injured tight-head prop Gavin Kerr, and Ross Beattie replaces Jason White on the blind side. The outside centre Andy Craig has been dropped with Gregor Townsend taking his place and Chris Paterson starting as stand-off. Simon Danielli starts on the wing.

Argentina prop Roberto Grau was suspended for nine weeks and his front-row partner Mauricio Reggiardo for six weeks after a World Cup panel found both had raked their hands across the faces of Irish opponents on Sunday.

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