Australia's Darcy Swain to miss remainder of series against England after two-week ban

Australia head coach Dave Rennie
Australia head coach Dave Rennie

Australia lock Darcy Swain has been ruled out for the remainder of the series against England following a two-week suspension.

Swain was sent-off in the 34th minute for headbutting Jonny Hill with the latter also sin-binned but despite his absence Wallabies edged out England with a 30-28 victory to claim a 1-0 lead in the series.

The 24-year-old attended an independent disciplinary hearing on Tuesday and admitted guilty of the charges but argued that there was a provocation from Hill.

As a result, the panel initially handed Swain a six-week ban that was reduced by four weeks taking into account the mitigating factors.

"This resulted in a starting point of a six-week suspension,” World Rugby said in a statement.

“Having acknowledged mitigating factors, including the player’s acknowledgement of foul play, clean disciplinary record, conduct at the hearing and expression of remorse, the committee granted the player full mitigation of 50 per cent of three weeks.

“The committee further determined that given the above off-field mitigating factors and that a three-week sanction would be wholly disproportionate given the level and nature of the offence, the sanction was further reduced by an extra week, resulting in a sanction of two weeks.

“The player will therefore miss Australia’s next two matches against England on 9 and 16 July.”