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Wairarapa Bush player suspended for five weeks

Hearing confirmed for red-carded East Coast player

Wairarapa Bush loose forward Sam Marshall-Wilson has been banned from all rugby for five weeks – a sentence including the remainder of this year’s Pink Batts Heartland Championship and the start of next year’s club season.

Marshall-Wilson was cited under law 10.4 (a) by Citing Commissioner Mike O’Leary for striking Wanganui first five-eighth Dane Whale in the 43rd minute of their match at Cooks Gardens on Saturday. Wanganui won the match 38-25.

Marshall-Wilson admitted throwing the punch which was described as “felling” Whale to the ground following an altercation in a ruck. Whale was sent to hospital where they found he had sustained a broken jaw, which required surgery later that night.

Judicial Officer Roger Drummond acknowledged Marshall-Wilson’s quick admission of guilt for his role, and his remorse, but Mr Drummond said the offending was of a very serious nature.

Marshall-Wilson’s five week suspension from all rugby, is effective from today and means he is unavailable for selection for Wairarapa Bush’s remaining 2014 match against Buller on Saturday. The remainder of his suspension will take effect for the first four weeks of the official club season of 2015 (excluding pre-season fixtures).

Meanwhile, East Coast loose forward Tanetoa Parata must face a mandatory judicial hearing tomorrow after he was sent off during their Week 7 match against King Country at Whakarua Park in Ruatoria last Saturday.

Referee James Doleman red-carded Parata 30 minutes into the game, for an alleged tip tackle. The red card automatically instigates a judicial hearing process.

Judicial Officer Nick Davidson QC will hear the case by video conference tomorrow, Thursday 9 October, at 10am.

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