Argentinian lock Galarza's ban appeal rejected

London (AFP) - Rugby disciplinary chiefs on Sunday rejected an appeal by Argentina lock Mariano Galarza against a ban for a dangerous tackle that will keep him out of the rest of the World Cup.

The 28-year-old was banned for nine weeks for an incident with All Black Brodie Retallick which New Zealand media claimed was for "eye-gouging" which is regarded as one of the most serious offences in the sport.

Galarza had denied the charge.

"The appeal committee determined that the judicial officer had not erred in finding that the player had committed an act of foul play," said a Rugby World Cup statement.

The committee also backed the length of the ban saying it was "in accordance with World Rugby?s prescribed sanctioning regime."

The Argentina Rugby Union had backed Galarza in his appeal.

Neither New Zealand nor Retallick have commented on the incident from the September 20 game in which the All Blacks beat Argentina 26-16.

The ban extends past the World Cup and will prevent Galarza playing for his English club side Gloucester until November 26.