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Wales lock Ian Evans banned 12 weeks for stamping in club game, will miss Six Nations

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DUBLIN - Wales lock Ian Evans has been banned for 12 weeks for stamping in a club rugby game and will miss the Six Nations.

European Rugby Cup announced on Thursday in a statement that Evans admitted in a hearing to stamping at least twice on the head of Leinster forward Mike McCarthy in a Heineken Cup game on Friday. Evans, playing for Ospreys, was sent off at the time, in the 20th minute, and McCarthy received a serious facial injury.

Following the disciplinary hearing in Dublin, Evans was banned to April 21.

The Six Nations starts in nine days, and Wales' campaign closes on March 15 against Scotland.

The actual suspension period lasts 13 weeks, but includes a week during the Six Nations when the 32-cap lock would not have played.

The ERC statement added that judicial officer Jeremy Summers said "there was no place in the game for conduct of this kind - a view which Evans himself accepted during the hearing."

Evans, a British Lion in Australia last summer, can appeal.

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