Sebastien Vahaamahina suspended for six weeks

Sebastien Vahaamahina recently announced retirement from international rugby
Sebastien Vahaamahina recently announced retirement from international rugby
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France lock Sebastien Vahaamahina has been handed a six-week ban following his red-card incident during the World Cup quarter-final game against Wales last weekend.

Jacques Brunel's men were in control of the game 19-10 in the first half but suffered a massive setback in the 49th minute when the 28-year-old was sent-off by the referee for elbowing Wales back-row Aaron Wainwright.

The decision proved decisive for France as they went on to lose the game 20-19 that ended their journey in the showpiece event.

A statement released by World Rugby confirmed that Vahaamahina was initially handed a 10-week ban that was reduced by four weeks considering his conduct during the hearing and other mitigating factors.

"Vahaamahina will miss his next six matches with his club Clermont Auvergne," read the statement.

"Therefore the player is free to play again on December 16, 2019."

Vahaamahina, who has played 46 Tests for France had already announced his retirement from international rugby following France's exit from the World Cup.

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