Scott Higginbotham was left frustrated at missing the November Tests due to his ban for an attack on Richie McCaw.
The Melbourne Rebel was recently banned for two games after a kneeing and head-butting incident in the Bledisloe Cup fixture earlier this month.
It effectively means a four-match ban, with Wallaby coach Robbie Deans saying he could not take a chance on including Higginbotham in his touring squad due to the fact the back-row would only be available for the final two Tests against Italy and Wales, leaving Higginbotham upset.
"I copped the two-week penalty and, in that I also missed the tour, it's hard to swallow but if you do the crime you do the time and I guess I'm paying for it now," he told reporters.
"It feels like a double punishment but they have to cover all their areas and in that they needed a No.8 to come on tour to back up Cliffy (Wycliff Palu)."
He said he was trying to look at the upside of the ban, with unexpected time to integrate himself in the set-up at his new Super Rugby employer the Melbourne Rebels.
"Blokes down here, there are some big boys," he said.
"Being with the Reds previously we were a small pack. We were a good team and we won the premiership with that pack but there are a lot of solid boys (here) and a lot of stuff to look forward to playing."