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One-week ban for O'Connor

Western Force back James O'Connor will miss his team's final Super 15 fixture of the season through suspension.

O'Connor has been banned for a week by a SANZAR disciplinary hearing after being cited for the dangerous lifting and dropping of Queensland Reds captain James Horwill during Saturday's 24-21 defeat.

The Australia international, who is widely expected to sign a new contract with the Perth-based side, will now miss Friday's clash against the Melbourne Rebels with the Force having no hope of reaching the play-off stages.

A Western Force statement read: "SANZAR judicial officer Michael Cashman found the offence proved and categorised it at the low end of seriousness.

"Taking account of mitigating factors and noting the absence of any aggravating features, he reduced the sanction of three weeks to a one-week suspension."

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