Rebels midfielder Ray Nu'u to miss rest of season after second red card
The 24-year-old was sent off in the final minute of the Rebels’ win over Moana Pasifika for a high shot on playmaker Christian Lealiifano.
A SANZAAR judicial committee found Nu’u guilty of a dangerous tackle and ruled him out of action for four weeks, up to and including May 29.
The judicial committee deemed the act of foul play merited a mid-range entry point of six weeks but reduced it to four after taking into account Nu’u’s remorse and age.
The Moana Pasifika match was his first back from a three-week ban for a dangerous tackle.
With four rounds remaining, starting with the Blues on Friday night in Auckland, and the Rebels unlikely to play finals, Nu’u is set to see out the season from the stands.
In other judiciary news, Crusaders lock Hamish Dalzell has been suspended for three weeks for a dangerous tackle in the second half of their loss to the NSW Waratahs.
The suspensions of Nu’u and Dalzell takes the total number of bans dished out by SANZAAR this Super Rugby Pacific season to 10.
Other players to have been suspended this year include Barrett, Nagusa, Rebels utility back Reece Hodge, Reds prop Dane Zander, Blues prop Nepo Laulala, Reds flanker Tuaina Taulima, Crusaders hooker Shilo Klein, Blues wing Caleb Clarke, Hurricanes hooker Asafo Aumua and Highlanders lock Josh Dickson.
– Additional reporting by AAP
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