London Irish number eight gets four week ban

Chris Hala’ufia, the London Irish number eight, was banned for four weeks on Thursday after admitting punching Leinster lock Leo Cullen in Saturday’s European Cup tie between the two clubs.

An independent disciplinary panel judged the offence to be of mid-range seriousness and banned the Tongan forward from playing up to and including February 25.

The match ended in an 11-11 draw which ended London Irish’s chances of reaching the quarter-finals of the tournament. Leinster went through as pool six winners.

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