November 29, 2021
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Valetini cops two-match ban for high tackle

Fiji-born Wallabies forward Rob Valetini has received a two match ban for his high tackle against Wales in their Northern tour test.

Valetini was sent off in the 14th minute during the Wallabies' 29-28 defeat after collecting Wales lock Adam Beard in the head.

After appearing in front of the World Rugby's Disciplinary Committee, they deemed the incident to be worthy of the red card and reckless.

Despite one member of the committee suggesting it should be high range, which would see Valetini looking at a 10+ week ban, they eventually deemed it mid-range.

This sees the 24-year-old handed a six week ban, which will be reduced to two on account of his clean record and if he completes a Head Contact Process Coaching Intervention.

Valetini will miss their opening trials against the Waratahs and a Brumbies development side, however, allows him to face Moana Pasifika on February 18.

By Romeka Romena  

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