Four-week ban for Paice

London Irish hooker ruled out until March 16

Last Updated: 17/02/09 5:19pm

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Paice: Four-week ban

Paice: Four-week ban

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David Paice has been given a four-week suspension for verbally abusing match officials.

The London Irish hooker pleaded guilty to the incident, which took place in the 14-9 Guinness Premiership defeat by Harlequins at the Madejski Stadium last Saturday.

Paice abused referee Tim Wigglesworth following a scuffle with prop Mark Lambert - resulting in his sending-off - and then fourth official Dave Pearson.

The England Saxons front row was handed a four-week ban for each offence at Tuesday's disciplinary hearing.

They will run concurrently to March 16.

Paice will therefore be available to face Northampton six days later.

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