Timani misses Wales clash

  • Last Updated: November 28 2012, 14:15 GMT

Australia lock Sitaleki Timani has been suspended from Saturday's international against Wales after pleading guilty to striking an opponent.

Sitaleki Timani: Banned for Wales clash
Sitaleki Timani: Banned for Wales clash

Timani caught Italian prop Andrea Lo Cicero with his forearm during a first-half scuffle in the Wallabies' 22-19 win last Saturday. He connected with Azzurri hooker Leonardo Ghiraldini with the same blow.

International Rugby Board's judicial officer David Martin deemed the offence to be at the lower end of the scale and banned Timani until midnight on December 2.

Australia are already without suspended lock Rob Simmons for the Cardiff clash but Kane Douglas has rejoined the squad after being sidelined for the last two weeks with a knee injury.

All Blacks assistant coach Ian Foster, Hore himself and his legal team impressed upon Professor Crerar the importance of the Highlanders' pre-season friendlies.

The statement continued: "The judicial officer received unreserved assurances from Ian Foster, assistant coach, New Zealand, the player and his legal representative that the pre-season matches to be played by the Highlanders during the weekends of February 1, 8 and 15 all had significant and meaningful consequences for the player in accordance with IRB regulation 17.

"The player is accordingly suspended up to and including Sunday 24 February 2013, and has the right of appeal."

Earlier in the day, Australia lock Sitaleki Timani was suspended from the Wallabies' game against Wales after pleading guilty to striking an opponent.

Timani caught Italian prop Andrea Lo Cicero with his forearm during a first-half scuffle in the Wallabies' 22-19 win last Saturday.

He connected with Azzurri hooker Leonardo Ghiraldini with the same blow.

International Rugby Board's judicial officer David Martin deemed the offence to be at the lower end of the scale and banned Timani until midnight on December 2.

Australia are already without suspended lock Rob Simmons for the Cardiff clash but Kane Douglas has rejoined the squad after being sidelined for the last two weeks with a knee injury.


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