12 Jul 2010

Bakkies Botha expresses remorse after receiving suspension

6:39 am on 12 July 2010

The Springbok lock Bakkies Botha has expressed remorse after being suspended from rugby for nine weeks for headbutting in the Vodacom Tri-Nations Test against New Zealand in Auckland on Saturday.

Botha appeared before a SANZAR Judicial hearing in Auckland on Sunday morning after being cited for striking All Black halfback Jimmy Cowan with the head following a tackle in the opening minute of the Test match.

Botha says he's devastated by the suspension but accepted that he had acted outside the Laws of the Game

He says regrets letting his team, country and family down as well as committing an injustice to the Springbok jersey and what is stands for.

The Bulls lock apologised to Jimmy Cowan and the New Zealand rugby public for his actions.

Botha has been suspended from all rugby up to and including September the 4th and will return to South Africa on Monday.