Timani banned for Wales clash

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Sitaleki Timani has been found guilty of striking an opponent
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Sitaleki Timani has been found guilty of striking an opponent

Australia lock Sitaleki Timani has been suspended from Saturday's international against Wales after pleading guilty to striking an opponent.

Timani caught Italian prop Andrea Lo Cicero with his forearm during a first-half scuffle in the Wallabies' 22-19 win last Saturday. He connected with Azzurri hooker Leonardo Ghiraldini with the same blow.

International Rugby Board's judicial officer David Martin deemed the offence to be at the lower end of the scale and banned Timani until midnight on December 2.

Australia are already without suspended lock Rob Simmons for the Cardiff clash but Kane Douglas has rejoined the squad after being sidelined for the last two weeks with a knee injury.

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