Rugby World Cup: Humphreys disappointed by Galarza ban

Mariano Galarza
Mariano Galarza has made 25 appearances for Argentina

Gloucester director of rugby David Humphreys says he is disappointed with the news that Argentina lock Mariano Galarza has been banned for nine weeks.

He was found to have acted "contrary to good sportsmanship" in Argentina's World Cup opener against New Zealand.

Galarza, 28, will be available again from 26 November, meaning he misses the start of the Premiership season, although he has the option to appeal.

"I'm hugely disappointed for Mariano," Humphreys told BBC Gloucestershire.

Galarza battled back from a shoulder injury to be fit for the World Cup and played in Argentina's loss to the All Blacks - and was found to have made contact "with the eye or eye area" of New Zealand's Brodie Retallick.

"He's put a lot of work for getting himself back and fit for the Rugby World Cup," added Humphrey.

"I cannot say too much about it and I'm sure it's going to be subject to an appeal and we'll see what comes from that."

Humphreys admits with James Hudson out injured until the end of the season and Jeremy Thrush still in New Zealand, the lock position is one of concern.

"Losing James Hudson to a long injury was difficult enough, especially in light of Jeremy Thrush not arriving until after the Rugby World Cup," he added.

"With what's happened, that is going to put extra pressure on but we are also very confident with a couple of young players coming through.

"We can hopefully get through the next few weeks without any injuries in that area."

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