Former All Blacks wing Zac Guildford has been banned for four weeks for a lifting tackle in Hawke's Bay's clash with Counties Manukau.
Guildford pleaded guilty for his tackle on Counties inside centre Cardiff Vaega. The incident occurred during the second half of Hawke's Bay's 35-11 victory in Pukekohe last Friday.
New Zealand Rugby duty judicial officer Chris Morris said Guildford acknowledged his actions were a breach and he accepted he was in the wrong.
In deciding the penalty, Morris indicated a low-end entry point and added two weeks as a deterrent, before offering a two-week discount because of the player's remorse, admission of responsibility and clean on-field record.
Guildford has been suspended from all forms of the game until September 25, which means he will return to action in Hawke's Bay's away game against Wellington on September 30.