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Canada hooker Ray Barkwill banned for 9 weeks for making contact with opponent's eye

11/28/2014 09:29 EST | Updated 01/28/2015 05:59 EST
DUBLIN - Canadian hooker Ray Barkwill has been banned for nine weeks for making contact with an opponent's eye during a rugby test match against Romania.

World Rugby says the offence carries an entry-point suspension of 12 weeks but was reduced because of mitigating factors, including Barkwill's previously clean disciplinary record.

The incident occurred in Canada's 18-9 loss in Bucharest on Saturday in the last match of its end-of-year tour of Europe.

The 34-year-old Barkwill, from Niagara Falls, Ont., is not currently playing for a pro club.

From the same match, Romania forward Mihai Macovei received a six-week suspension for striking an opponent in the face with his forearm.

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