Wallabies' Valetini banned for 3 weeks for head-high tackle

By Associated Press 28 November 2021, 12:00AM

DUBLIN (AP) — Australia No. 8 Rob Valetini was banned for three matches for his head-high tackle of Wales lock Adam Beard.

Valetini collided heads and injured Beard last weekend in Cardiff. Beard failed a head assessment and needed 20 stitches around his right eyebrow. Valetini was sent off and the Wallabies lost 29-28.

Valetini admitted at his disciplinary hearing that his foul was worthy of a red card, and the panel deemed the tackle reckless.

He was suspended on Saturday from two Brumbies' games at the end of January and beginning of February. He was also suspended from the Super Rugby game against Moana Pasifika on Feb. 18, but would be available if he completes a head contact coaching intervention.

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By Associated Press 28 November 2021, 12:00AM
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