All Blacks and Highlanders centre Ma'a Nonu will miss the rest of the Super Rugby season after he was given a three week ban following a red card for a tackle on Tom Marshall.
Nonu's ban will run for a period of three (3) weeks from 29 June 2013 up to and including 21 July 2013 which effectively rules him out of Super Rugby for the rest of the season.
The Highlanders are out of the running for the play offs and their final regular season match is on July the 2th against the Melbourne Rebels.
SANZAR Duty Judicial Officer Jannie Lubbe SC assessed the case and said that Nonu accepted the tackle was poorly executed, and his guilty plea and remorse led to the standard ban period being reduced by one week.
"The tackle was executed poorly and there was no intention to hurt the opponent. In the dynamic situation that existed during the tackle there was no opportunity to bring the tackled player safely to the ground.
"Nonu accepted that the tackle was poorly executed by lifting his opponent. The tackled player was not injured and the incident had no effect on the Crusaders team. A medical report obtained from the Crusaders confirmed that the player involved suffered no injury.
"Mr Aaron Lloyd on behalf of the player made able and helpful submissions regarding the determination of the correct entry level and I have determined that the entry level is at low end carrying a four week suspension.
"Taking into account the record of the player over a period of more than a decade playing Super Rugby - which is not unblemished - his early plea of guilt and the remorse shown, I have determined to give the player a discount of one week and to suspend the player from all rugby for a period of three weeks."