Hala’ufia cops five weeks

Date published: May 6 2015

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

The 36-year-old was sent off during Welsh's 38-17 Premiership defeat to Leicester at Welford Road after first catching opposite number Laurence Pearce with a high tackle before shoving the Tigers lock's head into the ground while he was lying on the ground.

The ban means the Tongan will miss the remaining two rounds of the Aviva Premiership and the start of the 2015-16 season.