Two Italian props banned for tip tackle on Springbok, Duane Vermeulen

Two Italian props Sunday received three-match bans for a joint tip-tackle on South African Duane Vermeulen that leaves coach Conor O’Shea with a front-row headache for his last Rugby World Cup match.


Prop Andrea Lovotti received a red card on the field for picking Vermeulen up and dumping him on his head, an act branded as “crass stupidity” by O’Shea, who saw his team go on to lose 49-3.

Replacement prop Nicola Quaglio escaped on-field sanction but was later cited for his part in the same tackle. He admitted it was an act of foul play, but argued it did not warrant a red card.
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