Tevita Kuridrani to miss last Spring Tour test after ban

TEVITA Kuridrani will miss Australia's remaining Spring Tour Tests against Scotland and Wales after the centre was given a five-week ban following his red card against Ireland last weekend.

Kuridrani, 22, was sent off for a dangerous tip tackle on Irish forward Peter O'Mahony seven minutes from time in the Wallabies' 32-15 win in Dublin

Professor Lorne Crerar, the International Rugby Board-appointed judicial officer, ruled that Kuridrani's offence warranted an eight-week ban.

He also added a further week as a deterrent for this type of tackle, but then took four weeks off to reflect Kuridrani's previously good disciplinary record and other mitigating factors to leave the player with a five-week suspension.

The suspension can only be served during Kuridrani's playing schedule, meaning it will not expire until February16.

The Wallabies may appeal the ban which will see Kuridrani miss all the Brumbies Super Rugby trial games, but he will be free to play in round one against the Queensland Reds in Canberra on February 22.

His absence means Australia will now be deprived of at least six players for Saturday's Test against Scotland in Edinburgh.

Adam Ashley Cooper, Nick Cummins, Liam Gill, Tatafu Polota-Nau, and Benn Robinson will all miss the game after being given a one-match ban by Australian coach Ewen McKenzie earlier this week following their boozy night out in Dublin last Wednesday.


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