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Taumalolo handed four-week ban

Tonga prop Sona Taumalolo has received a four-week ban and will miss Friday night's clash against Wales at the Millennium Stadium.

Taumalolo was sent off for punching France lock Yoann Maestri, who was also red-carded for striking Taumalolo in the same incident, during last weekend's game in Le Havre.

Both players appeared before an independent three-man disciplinary committee in London on Tuesday, but Maestri's red card was deemed a sufficient sanction and no suspension was imposed.

Autumn internationals disciplinary chiefs said the panel heard representations from, and on behalf, of both players, and studied video evidence of the second-half incident.

"Both players had accepted prior to the hearing that their actions had warranted a red card, and the committee deemed that Sona Taumalolo's offence was in the mid-range of the IRB's sanctions (five weeks), allowing one week off for mitigating factors," read a statement, released by the autumn international disciplinary.

"Sona Taumalolo is free to resume playing on 16 December 2013, and both players have the right of appeal."

Australia centre Tevita Kuridrani received a five-week suspension following his appearance before International Rugby Board-appointed judicial officer Professor Lorne Crerar.

Kuridrani was sent off for a tip tackle on Ireland forward Peter O'Mahony during Australia's 32-15 victory in Dublin last Saturday.

The ban means he will miss the Wallabies' remaining November Tests against Scotland on Saturday and Wales seven days later.

Crerar decided Kuridrani's offence warranted a mid-range entry point - eight-week ban - while a further week was added as a deterrent for the type of tackle he was red-carded for, but four weeks were then taken off to reflect his previously good disciplinary record and other mitigating factors.

Kuridrani's future playing schedule was also taken into account and his ban will expire on February 16 next year.


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