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Wallaroos captain gets ban for biting

Australian women's rugby captain Liz Patu has been suspended for six weeks after pleading guilty to biting Wallaroos teammate Rebecca Clough in a Super W game.

Wallaroos captain gets ban for biting

Australian women's rugby captain Liz Patu has been suspended for six weeks after pleading guilty to biting Wallaroos teammate Rebecca Clough in a Super W game.

Australian women's Test rugby captain Liz Patu will miss the rest of the Super W season, after getting a six week suspension after pleading guilty to biting fellow Wallaroos forward Rebecca Clough last Saturday.

Patu has 48 hours to appeal, but after Monday's independent disciplinary panel in Brisbane, she expressed remorse and described her actions as unacceptable.


She is the first Super W player to be handed a sanction since the competition's inception last year..

The entry point for a biting offence carries a 12-week suspension.

However Patu received the full 50 per cent reduction available under World Rugby regulations due to mitigating factors and her previous good character and clean disciplinary record.

Queensland prop Patu bit Rugby WA lock Clough on the arm in the 70th minute of the game in Brisbane.

Clough complained to referee Lara West, pointing to what she said was a bite mark.

West didn't have television footage available to verify the cause of the mark but Rugby Australia cited Patu. .

"I'd like to express my remorse for my actions in Saturday's match. I apologise to Rebecca Clough, the Rugby WA Women's team, my own teammates and the wider Rugby public," Patu said in a statement after the hearing.

"I've played club, state and international rugby and previously haven't committed an act such as this and I accept my punishment.

"I want to reassure the rugby public, administration and my fellow players that when I return to play I will ensure that the game is played in the right spirit and do what I can to promote the women's game in a positive manner.

"My actions the other night were unacceptable and will not be repeated."

Patu was named skipper of the Wallaroos last year, leading them to twin losses against her native New Zealand.

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