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David Pocock hit with three-week ban for this 'choke hold' on opponent

Pocock pleaded guilty to grasping Michael Leitch’s neck.

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WALLABIES STAR DAVID Pocock will miss the Brumbies’ next two Super Rugby matches after being banned for this “choke hold.”

Pocock pleaded guilty to grasping the neck of Waikato Chiefs number eight Michael Leitch during the match won by the Chiefs 48-23 on Saturday, and was suspended for three weeks until 24 April.

“Having conducted a detailed review of all the available evidence, including all camera angles and additional evidence, including from the player and submissions from his legal representative I accepted the player’s admission that he had committed an act of foul play,” said SANZAAR duty judicial officer Adam Cassleden.

Cassleden said he took into account mitigating factors including Pocock’s early plea, his good character, genuine remorse and excellent disciplinary record.

Pocock, who will be free to resume playing on 25 April, will miss the Brumbies’ matches against the NSW Waratahs and Canterbury Crusaders.

© – AFP, 2016

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