Keven Mealamu has been banned for four weeks for headbutting Lewis Moody during New Zealand’s win over England on Saturday, ruling him out of the rest of the All Blacks’ season.
Here is the clip showing the incident in full.
The press release confirmed the following details:
The Judicial Officer, Professor Lorne D Crerar, determined a mid range entry point in the IRB list of sanctions, namely 8 weeks, but in the absence of aggravating factors together with compelling mitigating factors including the player’s conduct at the hearing and his exemplary disciplinary record, reduced the suspension to four weeks. The player is accordingly suspended up to and including Saturday the 4th of December 2010. The Player has the right of appeal.
By comparison, here’s the clip of Hartley’s forearm on Richie McCaw for which he wasn’t cited.