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France lock Paul Gabrillagues is likely to miss the Rugby World Cup after he was handed a six-week suspension for foul play in their warm-up match against Scotland last weekend.
World Rugby found Gabrillagues guilty of a head-first challenge on Scotland’s John Barclay during their 32-3 win over the visitors in Nice on Saturday and the Frenchman accepted that it was a dangerous foul worthy of a red card.
France name their World Cup squad on Sept. 2 and Gabrillagues is likely to miss out as the ban rules him out of contention until Oct. 6. The 26-year-old would miss France’s first three matches against Argentina, the U.S. and Tonga.
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“The disciplinary committee, having considered the evidence and the submissions, deemed that the foul play was intentional,” World Rugby said in a statement after the committee reviewed footage of the incident.
“The offence took place at considerable pace and with considera
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