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Burger to miss final Lions Test

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  • Springboks flanker is guilty of eye-gouging Lions winger Luke Fitzgerald
  • Burger will be missing for third Lions Test in Johannesburg on Saturday
  • Lock Bakkies Botha also facing two-week ban for charging Adam Jones
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(CNN) -- South Africa's Schalk Burger has been handed an eight-week suspension after he was found guilty of eye-gouging in the Springboks' dramatic 28-25 victory over the British and Irish Lions in Pretoria on Saturday.

Schalk Burger

Schalk Burger of South Africa sits on the sideline after being sin-binned for eye-gouging.

Burger was charged with making contact with the face and in the eye area of Lions winger Luke Fitzgerald during a ruck just 32 seconds into his 50th appearance for the Springboks.

The 27-year-old flanker was yellow carded at the time of the incident by French referee Christophe Berdos and has now been found guilty of committing an act "contrary to good sportsmanship" by the International Rugby Board (IRB). British and Irish Lions explainer.

South Africa conceded 10 points in the time Burger was off the pitch but went on to claim victory -- and an unassailable 2-0 lead in the Test series -- after Morne Steyn kicked over the posts late in the game.

Burger will now miss the final Test against the Lions in Johannesburg on Saturday as well as the Springboks' first three games in the Tri-Nations series against New Zealand and Australia.

South Africa Rugby confirmed the ban following a disciplinary hearing by the IRB's judicial officer Alan Hudson on their official Web site.

Lock Bakkies Botha was also handed a two-week ban for charging dangerously into Lions prop Adam Jones, who was forced to leave the field early in the second half with a shoulder injury.


Welshman Jones subsequently underwent surgery because of the incident and has been ruled out of the rest of the Lions' tour.

Botha will be absent until July 11 but available for South Africa's Tri-Nations opener against New Zealand in Bloemfontein next month.

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