Akker van der Merwe has been handed a three-week ban after receiving a red card for a punch up involving him and his Springbok counterpart Schalk Brits.
Van der Merwe appeared before the Sanzaar foul play review committee on Monday morning where he pleaded guilty to contravening Law 9.12 which states that “a player must not physically abuse anyone”.
The act usually carries a minimum of a six-week suspension but the sentence was reduced due to an array of factors such as the player pleading guilty without opposition.
The chairman of the committee Adam Casselden stated that “‘taking into account the player’s good judicial record and the fact he pleaded guilty at the first available opportunity, we reduced the suspension to three weeks.’
This means that the player will be available for selection after 19 April.