Gaby Lovobalavu: Wasps lose Fiji centre to four-week dangerous tackle ban

Gaby Lovobalavu
Gaby Lovobalavu will not feature for Wasps again until 10 April

Wasps centre Gaby Lovobalavu has been banned for four weeks after he was found guilty of a dangerous tackle by an independent panel.

Lovobalavu, 32, made the challenge on Exeter counterpart Sam Hill in Sunday's Premiership victory, and was later cited by commissioner Nick Wood.

He will be clear to play again on 10 April, as per Wasps' fixture schedule.

The Coventry-based club also received a suspended fine for fielding ineligible players in the Anglo-Welsh Cup.

Judicial officer Aiden O'Brien heard the case that Wasps had played six loanees compared to three allowed, and were fined £2,500 accordingly - to be imposed should there be another law breach of the same nature in the future.

As for Lovobalavu, the panel found that contact had been made with his shoulder to Hill's head which was "recklessly high" and with force. But they opted not to take the high end of the punishment band, due to the Fiji international's previous good on-field reputation.

"The panel are mandated to enter at mid-range," said panel chairman Jeremy Summers. "Having given the player credit for his clean record, other mitigating factors, reduced the sanction by two weeks."

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