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Etzebeth suspended for two weeks

Springbok lock Eben Etzebeth was cited for headbutting Australian lock Nathan Sharpe.

File: Young Springbok lock Eben Etzebeth during a training session in Cape Town. Picture: Aletta Gardner/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Springbok lock Eben Etzebeth has been suspended for two weeks and will miss the team's Rugby Championship match against the All Blacks on Saturday.

Regional rugby body SANZAR found Etzebeth guilty after he was cited for headbutting Wallaby lock Nathan Sharpe during South Africa's 26-19 loss to Australia in Perth last Saturday.

Nigel Hampton, who heard the disciplinary hearing, said the incident was a "deliberate act done as a part of an episode of escalating 'tit for tat' pushing and shoving between the two players."

Former Bulls lock Bakkies Botha, who worked closely with Boks coach Heyneke Meyer at Loftus, is expected to be called up as Etzebeth's replacement.

Botha is playing for French Top 14 side Toulon.

The Springboks play New Zealand in Dunedin.