Ofa Tu’ungafasi will appear before a SANZAAR Judicial Committee Hearing on Tuesday following his red card during New Zealand’s 24-22 loss to the Wallabies last weekend. Referee Nic Berry dismissed Tu’ungafasi just 22 minutes into the fourth Bledisloe Test game in Brisbane after the prop collided with Australia wing Tom Wright.

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The Wallabies were also reduced to 14 men later in the first half, with Lachlan Swinton red-carded on his Test debut for a high tackle on Sam Whitelock.

SANZAAR have confirmed a four week suspension for Swinton after the player pleaded guilty to the offence.

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However Tu’ungafasi has been made wait to learn his fate, with SANZAAR announcing the player will appear at a disciplinary hearing on Tuesday via video conference.

“Following initial consideration by the SANZAAR Foul Play Review Committee, Ofa Tu’ungafasi of New Zealand will appear at a SANZAAR Judicial Committee Hearing after being Red Carded for alleged foul play during a Super Rugby match at the weekend,” a SANZAAR statement read.

“Tu’ungafasi is alleged to have contravened Law 9.13: A player must not tackle an opponent early, late or dangerously, when he made high contact with Australia #14 Tom Wright during the match between Australia and New Zealand at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane on Saturday 7 November 2020.

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“The Judicial Committee for the Hearing will be Robert Stelzner SC (Chairman), Lawrence Sephaka and José Luis Rolandi which will be held by video conference on Tuesday 10 November 2020, 7pm(NZDT), 5pm(AEDT).”

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