London Welsh: Chris Hala'ufia gets five-week striking ban

Chris Hala'ufia pictured during the match against Leicester in which he got sent off
Chris Hala'ufia, who has played 24 times for Tonga, is no stranger to being banned

London Welsh's Chris Hala'ufia has been suspended for five weeks after pleading guilty to striking an opponent.

The back-rower, 36, was sent off after first illegally tackling Leicester's Laurence Pearce and then shoving his head into the turf on 25 April.

The Tongan, no stranger to disciplinary proceedings, was given two consecutive yellow cards, equalling a red card.

The suspension means Hala'ufia will miss the final two games of the season and the start of the 2015-16 campaign.

The ban is the latest in a long line handed out to Hala'ufia.

In 2010, while playing for London Irish, he was banned for four weeks for striking Leinster's Leo Cullen and then three weeks for a dangerous tackle on Wasps' Dave Walder.

In 2011 he was handed an eight week suspension for a dangerous charge on Northampton's Shane Geraghty, followed by a seven week ban for a dangerous tackle on Gloucester's Olly Morgan, while in 2012 he received an 11-week ban for a dangerous challenge on Racing Metro full-back Gaetan Germain.

The back rower, who has 24 caps for Tonga, was also banned for four weeks for a tip tackle on Sale's David Seymour in 2013.