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Rebels centre out of Super Rugby with another ban

NEWS: Melbourne Rebels centre Ray Nu’u is set to miss the remainder of the Super Rugby Pacific season after receiving a four-week suspension — his second ban of the competition.


The 24-year-old was sent off in the final minute of the Rebels’ win over Moana Pasifika for a high shot on playmaker Christian Lealiifano.

A SANZAAR judicial committee found Nu’u guilty of a dangerous tackle and ruled him out of action for four weeks, up to and including May 29.

The judicial committee deemed the act of foul play merited a mid-range entry point of six weeks but reduced it to four after taking into account Nu’u’s remorse and age.

The Moana Pasifika match was his first back from a three-week ban for a dangerous tackle.

With four rounds remaining, starting with the Blues on Friday in Auckland, and the Rebels unlikely to play finals, Nu’a is set to see out the season from the stands.

In other judiciary news, Crusaders lock Hamish Dalzell has been suspended for three weeks for a dangerous tackle in the second half of their loss to the Waratahs.


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