AUSTRALIAN centre Tevita Kuridrani has been handed a five-week ban for the dangerous tip tackle on Ireland’s Peter O’Mahony at the weekend.
The player appeared before an IRB-appointed judicial officer, Professor Lorne Crerar, today, having been red-carded in the Autumn International match between Ireland and Australia for the tackle in the 32nd minute of the second half.
Professor Crerar handed down the ban after listening to representations by and on behalf of the player and having viewed the TV footage of the incident. He upheld the red card and found that the tackle should be categorised in the mid-range of the IRB's sanctions (8 weeks). He added a further week as a deterrent for the type of tackle but allowed mitigation of four weeks to reflect the player's previous good disciplinary record and other mitigating factors.
The resultant suspension of five weeks, taking account of the Kuridrani future playing schedule, expires on February 16, 2014.
Kuridrani has the right of appeal.
He was sanctioned under Law 10.4 (j) of the game, which states: “Lifting a player from the ground and dropping or driving that player into the ground whilst that player's feet are still off the ground such that the player's head and/or upper body come into contact with the ground is dangerous play.”