Reece Hodge will miss the remainder of Australia’s pool matches at the Rugby World Cup after being found guilty of a dangerous tackle at a judicial hearing in Tokyo.
The Wallabies winger has been handed a three-game suspension by a three-man independent judiciary, who deemed his high tackle in Australia’s opening win over Fiji met the red card threshold.
The ban means Hodge will miss Sunday’s second pool match against Wales and also games against Uruguay and Georgia, becoming available again if Australia qualify for the quarterfinals.
Wallabies management are yet to decide if they will appeal the ban within the 48-hour window allowed.
Fiji flanker Peceli Yato was concussed and forced out of the game by the 26th minute tackle, which probably prevented a try.
In a statement, the judicial committee said contact with Yato’s head meant there was a high degree of danger involved and that a six-week ban was warranted.
That sanction was halved because of Hodge’s exemplary disciplinary record and his conduct at the hearing.