Nine-week ban for Cavubati

Date published: February 10 2016

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Worcester lock Tevita Cavubati has been banned for nine weeks for biting an opponent during last weekend’s Premiership clash with London Irish.

The Fijian international was also ordered to pay £500 towards hearing costs. He is free to play again on April 12 2016.

The disciplinary panel comprised chairman Jeremy Summers, John Vale and John Doubleday.

Cavubati said: “I would like to apologise to all my teammates, the coaches and supporters for the incident which occurred at the weekend.

“I was feeling suffocated while being held down. I was struggling to breathe and reacted in a way that I would never normally do.

“I sincerely apologise to Jebb Sinclair for this behaviour. It was uncharacteristic and this is not the type of player I am.”

Warriors Chief Executive Jim O’Toole said: “This is a very unfortunate incident that does not reflect our approach to the game in any way and is not a behaviour that we condone.

“Tevita has paid a heavy price for his misdemeanour and has learnt his lesson.”

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