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Published: 19:00 | 13/6/16

Stander banned for one week

Flanker will miss Saturday's Second Test in Johannesburg

Ireland flanker CJ Stander has been banned for one week following his red card against South Africa on Saturday.

South African-born Stander was cited following his sending off 22 minutes into Ireland's 26-20 First Test win over South Africa, for a flying challenge on his former Sprinkboks' U20 team-mate Pat Lambie.

Following an 11-hour disciplinary hearing in Cape Town on Monday, Australian judicial officer Terry Willis imposed a seven-day ban that will rule the 26-year-old out of the Second Test in Johannesburg on Saturday.

Stander will be available for selection for the third and final Test in Port Elizabeth on 26 June, however.

Ireland coach Joe Schmidt said on Saturday that he felt referee Mathieu Raynal's decision was "very, very harsh", but backed his players to deal with the setback of losing the former Bulls' back row.

"This is a 32-man squad, there are 32 players working to try and be selected and it means somebody else will step up and fill the breach," he said.

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