Counties Manukau loose forward Fritz Lee has been suspended for three weeks for a dangerous tackle on Northland scrum-half Luke Hamilton.
Counties Manukau won the match 40 - 24.
The 21-year-old was red carded by referee Chris Pollock six minutes from full time. The red card resulted in a mandatory judicial hearing, held in Wellington on Wednesday.
NZRU Judicial Officer Peter Hobbs considered video footage and evidence from the player together with submissions from Lee's legal representative and coach.
Having taken account of all the evidence and submissions, Hobbs said that while there was no pre-meditation on Lee's part, the tackle was reckless and exposed the Northland player to risk of serious injury.
Hobbs said that from the outset, Lee accepted culpability, was remorseful, and he acknowledged he had let himself and his team down.
Taking all matters into account, including the fact that Lee had no previous record, Hobbs suspended Lee from all rugby up to, and including, Wednesday 20 October.
He will be available for selection for the team's ITM Cup week 13 match against Hawke's Bay.
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