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Kleyn Given Two-Week Suspension

Kleyn Given Two-Week Suspension

Jean Kleyn, pictured with Damian de Allende and Conor Murray, will miss Munster's Guinness PRO14 trip to Treviso this weekend ©INPHO/Bryan Keane

Munster second row Jean Kleyn was cited following their Guinness PRO14 derby defeat to Leinster last Saturday, under law 9.20 (b) – dangerous play in a ruck or maul.

The law states that a player must not make contact with an opponent above the line of the shoulders.

The citing was presided over by judicial officer Simon Thomas (WRU), who concluded that an act of foul play had occurred. The incident was found to merit a mid-range entry point, which indicates a four-week suspension for this offence.

The judical officer determined that there were mitigating factors, including Kleyn’s acceptance of the foul play, timely remorse and previous clean disciplinary record, which under the disciplinary rules warranted a reduction in the sanction of two weeks.

The Ireland international is therefore unavailable for Munster’s away game against Benetton Rugby this Saturday, as well as an upcoming Munster ‘A’ fixture which will involve first team players. He is free to play from Monday, February 15.

Meanwhile, James Cronin and Rhys Marshall have been ruled out of the province’s clash with Benetton in Treviso.

The pair suffered respective knee knocks against Leinster and will miss the weekend’s action.

In encouraging news, long-term absentee Joey Carbery took part in some elements of training at the HPC on Monday. The next stage of his rehabilitation from an ankle injury will see the out-half manage his training load.