Tuqiri banned for five matches

Lote Tuqiri won’t play for the Wallabies against the Springboks at Ellis Park because of suspension.

Tuqiri was banned for five matches, but the only test he will miss is the international against the Boks after being found guilty of a dangerous tackle on All Blacks captain Richie McCaw during Australia’s 34-27 defeat in Auckland.

Tuqiri’s action went unpunished by the match officials, but the judiciary was not as lenient, with Tuqiri suspended until November 2.

He will also miss the Wallabies midweek tour match on their end of year tour to the United Kingdom.