ENGLAND U20s and Sale Sharks star Cameron Redpath has been slapped with a six-week ban after biting an opponent.
The 19-year-old admitted munching Ireland hooker Dylan Tierney-Martin during Monday’s fifth-place play-off semi-final at the World U20 Championships in Argentina.
The young centre, the son of former Scotland scrum-half Bryan Redpath, escaped the usual 12-week ban for the shocking incident during England’s 30-23 win.
The World Rugby disciplinary committee considered the player’s “previously clean record, early acceptance of his conduct, apology, youth and inexperience to reduce the sanction by the maximum 50 per cent to six weeks.”
Redpath will now be suspended for England’s fifth-place play-off against Wales on Saturday and won’t be available for Sale until 21 September.
This means that the inside centre, who has already made 13 senior appearances for Sale, will miss one Premiership game.
Redpath’s bite is the latest on-field headline threatening to overshadow the Championships after fans were sickened by a horror tackle in Wales’ game against New Zealand.
Dragons full-back Ioan Davies was leaping up to take the high ball when All Blacks sub Samipeni Finau came charging at him in the 48th minute.
Davies takes the catch but Finau leads in with his shoulder straight into his opponent’s head.
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The Kiwi brute makes no attempt to bind his arms around Davies, who is so rocked by the collision it looks like his head is going to come off.
Incredibly, the reckless challenge was deemed only a sin-bin offence.
English referee Christopher Ridley gave Finau the benefit of the doubt because Davies was dropping downwards as a result of jumping for the catch.