Horror tackle on Wallabies captain cops big ban

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Highlanders prima Sam Gilbert has been whacked with a agelong prohibition for an disfigured tackle connected Waratahs skipper Michael Hooper.

Gilbert volition walk the adjacent 5 weeks sidelined from each forms of rugby, his prohibition not lifted until June 26.

It was during the archetypal fractional of Sunday's Super Rugby boilover successful Dunedin erstwhile Gilbert was red-carded for lifting Hooper disconnected the crushed and dumping him connected his head.

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The Wallabies skipper and 118-Test seasoned aboriginal called for his hostile to beryllium suspended for the incident.

"I don't privation that connected anyone," Hooper said.

Highlanders subordinate Sam Gilbert dumps Michael Hooper connected his head. (Nine)

"These things hap successful this crippled but I was disappointed that it happened to me. He should miss immoderate weeks I think."

Hooper got his wish, with SANZAAR's foul play reappraisal committee handing down the suspension 2 days later.

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"With respect to authorisation the foul play reappraisal committee deemed the enactment of foul play merited a mid-range introduction constituent of 10 weeks owed to a operation of features including the grade of recklessness exhibited and the information posed to the tackled player," committee president Michael Heron said.

"Taking into relationship mitigating factors including the player's cleanable judicial record, his acceptance of foul play, the foul play reappraisal committee reduced the suspension to 5 weeks."

Hooper had the past laughter arsenic the Waratahs scored a stunning upset triumph successful force territory.

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