Wales v Tonga
Sona Taumalolo handed four-week ban
ESPN Staff
November 20, 2013
Chiefs prop Sona Taumalolo is wrapped up, Chiefs v Crusaders, Super Rugby, Waikato Stadium, Hamilton, New Zealand, July 27, 2012
Former Chiefs star Sona Taumalolo will not play in Cardiff © Getty Images

Tonga prop Sona Taumalolo will miss the Test against Wales in Cardiff on Friday after receiving a red card for punching France lock Yoann Maestri in Le Havre last weekend.

The players each appeared before an independent three-man IRB disciplinary committee in London on Tuesday, but Maestri's red card was deemed a sufficient sanction and no suspension was imposed.

"Both players had accepted prior to the hearing that their actions had warranted a red card, and the committee deemed that Sona Taumalolo's offence was in the mid-range of the IRB's sanctions [five weeks], allowing one week off for mitigating factors," panel officials said in a statement.

Taumalolo can resume playing on December 16.

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