Timani banned for Wales clash

2012-11-28 13:12

London - Australia lock Sitaleki Timani will miss this weekend's international against Wales after being handed a one-match ban for his part in a fracas against Italy on Saturday.

Timani appeared before International Rugby Board (IRB) Judicial Officer David Martin on Wednesday having been cited for striking an opponent in the 13th minute of Australia's narrow 22-19 victory in Florence.

"Acknowledging the player's admission of having carried out the act of foul play, the Judicial Officer deemed the incident to be at the low end of the IRB's table of offending and suspended the player for one week, having taken into account the mitigating factors," a statement said.

Timani's absence leaves Australia coach Robbie Deans lacking forward options for Saturday's match.

Nathan Sharpe and Cadeyrn Neville are the only two available locks in the squad.

The Wallabies will travel to Cardiff looking to make it three straight test wins after victories over Italy and England following defeat by France.


  • donavan.boshoff - 2012-11-28 13:45

    Wales have no excuses left, when oz pump them, I will piss myself at jonathan davies' explanation. The oke will blame everyone under the sun, atleast he cant poke his fingers at "that South African referee" cos surely Joubert will be holding nz's hand against England

  • chrisin.oz.1 - 2012-11-29 01:48

    Looks like the Boks got of light with these northern hemisphere citing commisioners. Are the southern hemisphere teams that dirty? Or are the northern hemisphere teams just that soft? Or is this the only way they stand a chance to beat the Boks, Wallabies and AB's?

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