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Australia’s Israel Folau Handed Suspension For Peter O’Mahony Challenge

Rugby Australia and Israel Folau plan to appeal a one-match suspension handed down to the Wallabies full-back on Wednesday.

Folau was shown a yellow card in the test defeat to Ireland in Sydney on Saturday, as he was deemed to have pulled down Irish captain Peter O’Mahony as they both went for a high ball. Upon review of the incident, Folau was cited and subsequently handed a one-game ban.

Folau and Rugby Australia, however, had already outlined their intention to appeal the verdict, with Waratahs coach Daryl Gibson of the opinion that upholding the ban could have a serious knock-on effect for the interpretation of the game’s laws:

“I believe if he does get some time, there’s some real implications around the law-making process going forward.

“It really makes us look at the kick contest area and exactly how we can, if it goes this way, how we can provide a law that covers or provides for what is happening in terms of the collisions and guys landing on their heads.”

Sydney , Australia - 23 June 2018; Peter OMahony of Ireland is tackled in the air by Israel Folau of Australia during the 2018 Mitsubishi Estate Ireland Series 3rd Test match between Australia and Ireland at Allianz Stadium in Sydney, Australia. (Photo By Brendan Moran/Sportsfile via Getty Images)

Folau’s appeal will be held later this week, on either Thursday or Friday, and if it is upheld, the 29-year-old will be absent for Waratahs’ Australian Conference match against Melbourne Rebels this weekend.

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