Banahan banned for England after dangerous tackle

Press Association
Sunday 23 October 2011 07:09

Matt Banahan's England tour is over after he was found guilty of a dangerous tackle in yesterday's 15-9 victory over the Australian Barbarians.

The England win was cited for a "lifting tackle" on Australian centre Berrick Barnes and he attended a disciplinary hearing in Sydney today.

Banahan has been suspended until June 30, ruling him out of Saturday's second Test against the Wallabies and next Wednesday's clash with New Zealand Maori in Napier.

Banahan was unlikely to have been involved in Saturday's Test but he has started both of England's midweek games on tour and would have been in contention to face the Maori.

England have the right to appeal the suspension imposed by the New Zealand judicial officer Peter Hobbs but no decision on that has yet been made public.

Martin Johnson will announce the England team to play the second Test tomorrow.

Mike Tindall missed training yesterday with a dead leg but Johnson is confident the Gloucester centre will be fit.

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