Reece Hodge has been banned for three games at Rugby World Cup.
An independent disciplinary committee, meeting in Tokyo, adjudged that the tackle on Fiji’s Peceli Yato by the Australia winger was dangerous and warranted a red card.
The ban comes just a day after World Rugby released a statement criticising the standard of referring at the tournament so far.
Hodge, who has 48 hours to appeal the ban, will miss Australia’s remaining pool games against Wales, Uruguay and Georgia.
The committee adjudged that the tackle was “high” and “reckless”, it was an “act of foul play”, there was contact with Yato’s head and “there was a high degree of danger.”
“The committee applied World Rugby’s mandatory mid-range entry point, which was introduced in 2017 to mitigate the risk of head injuries, which according to World Rugby’s sanctions table, carries a minimum six-match suspension,” a statement on World Rugby’s website reads.
“Having acknowledged Hodge’s exemplary disciplinary record, good character and conduct at the hearing, the committee reduced the six-match entry point by three matches, resulting in a sanction of three matches.
“Hodge will miss Australia’s three remaining pool matches. The suspension will end at midnight on 11 October 2019 after which he is free to resume playing.
“The player has the right to appeal the decision within 48 hours of receiving the written decision.”