Fekitoa suspended for France clash

New Zealand centre Malakai Fekitoa has been suspended for a week following his dangerous tackle during the All Blacks' victory over Ireland on Saturday.

The centre, who scored two tries for Steve Hansen's men, was sin-binned for a high challenge on Simon Zebo during the second half of the 21-9 win and was subsequently cited.

Following a disciplinary hearing, Fekitoa has been banned for a week and will miss this weekend's clash with France in Paris.

A statement read: "The Disciplinary Committee found that Mr Fekitoa's actions would have warranted a red card, albeit that he had acted recklessly rather than intentionally.

"When considering sanction, the Disciplinary Committee concluded that the offending merited a low-end entry point based on World Rugby's scale of seriousness, which carries a two-week playing suspension.

"The Disciplinary Committee further found that there were no aggravating factors and that there were a number of mitigating factors (including Mr Fekitoa's immediate acknowledgement of wrongdoing, his previous clean disciplinary record and his good conduct at the hearing) such that his playing suspension be reduced to one week.

"Mr Fekitoa is therefore suspended from playing rugby for a total of one week, up to and including Sunday 27 November 2016."

Sam Cane and Ben Smith are ruled out due to injury, while Patrick Tuipulotu is unavailable to Hansen after flying home for personal reasons.

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