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Australia forward Dean Mumm to miss Wales Test after pleading guilty to striking

Australia forward Dean Mumm has been banned for next month's Test with Wales for striking New Zealand lock Brodie Retallick.

The 32-year-old former Exeter Chiefs captain appeared to elbow Retallick in the face in the 55th minute of the Wallabies' 37-10 loss to the All Blacks at Eden Park on Saturday but the incident was missed by the match officials.

The citing commissioner deemed the incident met the red card threshold in his review of the match and Mumm subsequently pleaded guilty to the charge of striking.

Although striking carries an entry point of a two-week suspension, Mumm was given one week by the SANZAR judicial officer Robert Stelzner.

Mumm will therefore miss the first match of Australia's autumn tour on November 5 at the Principality Stadium.

Stelzner said: "T aking into account mitigating factors including the player's early plea and his excellent disciplinary record, I reduced the suspension to a period of one week."

Retallick, who held Mumm back as he was elbowed, later went off with a concussion and is thought to be a doubt for New Zealand's autumn tour.


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