TIP OF THE ICEBERG | Warburton banned for three weeks

CRESTFALLEN Wales captain Sam Warburton will serve a three-week ban for the tip tackle that saw him red carded in Saturday’s controversial World Cup semi-final defeat against France. Warburton, the favourite to lead the Great Britain and Irish Lions on their 2013 tour to Australia, will miss Saturday’s third place play-off game against the Wallabies after yesterday’s disciplinary hearing in Auckland deemed his challenge on wing Vincent Clerc to be worthy of a suspension. “He has to bounce back from it now,” said former Wales captain and World Cup colleague Ryan Jones. “It is a difficult position to be in and he is going to go through it, but he’s a big enough character to get over it.”