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Aussie Hodge cops three-match suspension after dangerous play

 

By Dan Fenshaw

Australia wing Reece Hodge has received a three-match ban after being cited for a dangerous tackle during the Wallabies' World Cup victory over Fiji.

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It means that Hodge will miss Australia's remaining pool games against Wales, Uruguay and Georgia.

World Rugby announced the decision following a disciplinary hearing in Tokyo.

Hodge escaped sanction during the game from referee Ben O'Keeffe for a shoulder-led, no-arms tackle to the head of Fiji's Peceli Yato in Sapporo.

Yato subsequently failed a head injury assessment.

An independent disciplinary committee ruled that Hodge had committed a reckless, rather than deliberate, act of foul play that warranted a red card.

"In considering all the available evidence, including multiple broadcast angles and submissions from Hodge and his legal representative, the committee deemed that the incident was an act of foul play and warranted a red card in line with the high tackle sanction framework," World Rugby said in a statement yesterday.

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