They were overlooked for inclusion in the southern hemisphere's Super 14 provincial competition, which will be increased from 14 to 15 teams from 2011, but Sanzar
officials left open the door for possible inclusion in the Tri-Nations.
He faced a SANZAR
hearing on Sunday night after he was cited twice under Law 10.4(a) Punching or Striking.
"Whilst in the process of a tackle on Berrick Barnes, there was principle contact with the chest but also with the neck such as to make the tackle dangerous in contravention of Law 10.4(e)," SANZAR
said in a statement.
"The IRB recognises the substantial strategic financial and operational commitment that the SANZAR
Unions are making to assist Argentina's inclusion and we will continue to work in close collaboration with all stakeholders to ensure a sustainable financial platform to make Argentina's transition as smooth as possible."
However, du Plessis was cleared of charges that he eye gouged Thomson, with Kim Garling, SANZAR
(South Africa, New Zealand and Australian rugby) judicial officer, ruling the contact was careless and not deliberate.
, the umbrella organisation for the Tri-Nations countries, will attend and is ready to flex its muscles in European rugby's affairs.
The South Africans' back-line is talented and if Pretorius and de Kock can get the ball out to the likes of big winger Dean Hall and impressive full-back Werner Greeff, then the Springboks have a chance of outscoring their SANZAR
RUGBY: Scotland will not take part in the SANZAR
Under-21 Championship in Sydney in June.
"Australia and New Zealand have already taken international rugby abroad to the USA and to Hong Kong, and people will continue to look at new markets, but Europe and the UK has such a strong rugby heritage and we at SANZAR
would like to continue that approach."
judicial officer Nick Davidson claimed Keats' heavy punishment was part of an ongoing crackdown on spear-tackling.
In September 2009, SANZAR
, the board representing the national rugby unions of the existing Tri-Nations teams, tabled a conditional invitation to Argentina to join the competition.
It was a decade ago and McLaughlin was working with Ireland's under-21s at one of the first SANZAR
tournaments that northern hemisphere teams were invited to.