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The New South Wales Waratahs will play this week’s crucial Super Rugby match against the Blues in Auckland without winger Taqele Naiyaravoro.

Wallabies winger Naiyaravoro has been suspended for one week for an offence in the Waratahs loss to the Hurricanes.

Naiyaravoro was a recent re-signing for the Waratahs and when he joined the franchise they released Zac Guildford so that he could return to New Zealand.

The SANZAAR Duty Judicial Officer Robert Stezner SC has accepted a guilty plea from Taqele Naiyaravoro of the Waratahs for contravening Law 10.4 (i) Tackling, tapping, pushing or pulling an Opponent jumping for the ball in a lineout or in open play, after he was Cited during a Super Rugby Match at the Weekend.

Naiyaravoro has been suspended from all forms of the game for 1 week up to and including Saturday 16 July 2016.

The incident occurred in the 57th minute of the match between Waratahs and Hurricanes played at Allianz Stadium, Sydney on 9 July 2016.

SANZAAR Duty Judicial Officer Robert Stelzner SC assessed the case. In his finding, Stelzner ruled the following:”Taqele Naiyaravoro (the player) and his representatives appeared before me and admitted a breach of the Law 10.4(i) charge.

“Having conducted a detailed review of all the available evidence, including all camera angles and additional evidence, including from the player and submissions from his legal representative, I upheld the citing under Law 10.4 (i) Tackling, tapping, pushing or pulling an Opponent jumping for the ball in a lineout or in open play. With respect to sanction I deemed the act of foul play merited a low-end entry point of 3 weeks.

“There were no aggravating factors.”

“As to mitigation, I took into account the Player’s good record, his early guilty plea, the circumstances of the incident itself – including the fact that it was unintentional, the player’s clear remorse, his opponent’s apparent acceptance of these facts and what would otherwise have been a disproportionate sanction to the level of offending, I considered a reduction of two weeks to be appropriate, making a suspension from all rugby for one week, up to and including Saturday 16 July 2016.

Duty Judicial Officer: Robert Stelzner SC
Player: Taqele Naiyaravoro
Team: Waratahs
Position: Wing
Date of Incident: 9 July 2016
Nature of Offence: Law 10.4 (i) Tackling, tapping, pushing or pulling an Opponent jumping for the ball in a lineout or in open play
Elapsed time in match when offence occurred: 57th minute

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