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Ban rules Kaino out of Super Rugby opener

Jerome Kaino expects a backlash from the Crusaders

Blues captain Jerome Kaino will miss his team’s Super Rugby season opening match against the Highlanders due to a ban.

Kaino has been given a one week ban for punching Chiefs prop Pauliasi Manu in a Super Rugby warm up match at Pukekohe.


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The All Blacks flanker swung his right arm and connected with Chiefs prop Pauliasi Manu’s eye as he was trying to free himself in a maul.

Kaino pleaded his case to New Zealand Rugby and apologised for the incident but was unable to avoid a ban.

The two time world cup winner was shown a red card in the match but it did not prevent the Blues from winning the match 24-12.

The Blues won all three of their warm ups under new coach Tana Umaga.