Nonu hit with ban
Former All Black winger suspended for dangerous tackle
Last Updated: March 10, 2008 10:51am
Hurricanes winger and former All Black Ma'a Nonu has been suspended for a week for a dangerous tackle he made during the his side's 10-6 win over the Highlanders in Dunedin on Friday.
Nonu received a yellow card for the high tackle on Clint Newland during the game and a SANZAR judiciary panel decided on Monday that he should miss this weekend's game against the Brumbies.
Nonu's team-mate Jerry Collins was found guilty of an act contrary to good sportsmanship arising from him rolling his forearm across the face of Highlanders player David Hall during the match.
Bruce Squire of the SANZAR Judicial Office considered that the matter was in the least serious category of foul play on the rugby field.
In that situation, and having regard to a number of matters put before him concerning Collins' role as a leading player in the Hurricanes and his other rugby community activities, Mr Squire considered that the guilty finding of foul play was a sufficient penalty in itself and, in the exercise of his discretion, imposed no suspension.