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Wallabies’ Valetini banned for 3 weeks for head-high tackle

November 27, 2021 GMT
Australia's Rob Valetini leaves the field after being shown a red card for high tackles against Wales' Adam Beard during the rugby union international match between Wales and Australia at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff, Wales, Saturday, Nov. 20, 2021. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)
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Australia's Rob Valetini leaves the field after being shown a red card for high tackles against Wales' Adam Beard during the rugby union international match between Wales and Australia at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff, Wales, Saturday, Nov. 20, 2021. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)
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Australia's Rob Valetini leaves the field after being shown a red card for high tackles against Wales' Adam Beard during the rugby union international match between Wales and Australia at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff, Wales, Saturday, Nov. 20, 2021. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)

DUBLIN (AP) — Australia No. 8 Rob Valetini was banned for three matches for his head-high tackle of Wales lock Adam Beard.

Valetini collided heads and injured Beard last weekend in Cardiff. Beard failed a head assessment and needed 20 stitches around his right eyebrow. Valetini was sent off and the Wallabies lost 29-28.

Valetini admitted at his disciplinary hearing that his foul was worthy of a red card, and the panel deemed the tackle reckless.

He was suspended on Saturday from two Brumbies’ games at the end of January and beginning of February. He was also suspended from the Super Rugby game against Moana Pasifika on Feb. 18, but would be available if he completes a head contact coaching intervention.

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