Nonu's hearing moved before Champions Cup last 16
NEWS: Toulon’s double Rugby World Cup winner Ma’a Nonu has had his disciplinary hearing for elbowing Lyon’s Jean-Marc Doussain moved forward due to this weekend’s European Champions Cup last 16, the French league (LNR) announced on Tuesday.
New Zealander Nonu, 38, who re-joined the French club in November as medical cover, had requested the decision be brought forward a week so it would fall before this Friday’s match with Leinster.
“During the meeting between Lyon and Toulon Ma’a Nonu was definitively excluded by the referee,” the LNR said in a statement.
“The situation is susceptible to constitute an infraction of the general laws of the LNR and the FFR [French Rugby Federation],” it added.
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Toulouse’s former Samoa forward Joe Tekori has also had his hearing changed to Wednesday with the record four-time winners travelling to Munster on Saturday.
Tekori, 37, avoided a sanction during last weekend’s home loss to Montpellier despite elbowing the visitors’ No.8 Alexandre Becognee in the closing five minutes.