Rugby: Afoa to miss semi-final

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Prop John Afoa will miss Ulster’s Heineken Cup semi-final against Edinburgh later this month due to suspension.

Prop John Afoa will miss Ulster’s Heineken Cup semi-final against Edinburgh later this month due to suspension.

Tournament organisers announced a four-week ban for the New Zealand international following his appearance before independent judicial officer Jean-Noel Couraud in Dublin yesterday.

Afoa was cited for a dangerous tackle on Munster full-back Felix Jones during the second period of last Sunday’s Heineken quarter-final in Limerick.

Afoa, who has the right of appeal, cannot play again until May 7, nine days after Ulster tackle Edinburgh in Dublin for a place in the May 19 Heineken final against Leinster or Clermont Auvergne at Twickenham.