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Folau loses appeal against ban for aerial clash with Peter O'Mahony

The Wallabies fullback was given a one-match ban, but appealed in the hope of playing for the Waratahs this weekend.

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Updated Jun 28th 2018, 4:08 PM

WALLABIES STAR ISRAEL Folau has lost the appeal lodged against the one-match ban he was handed after defeat to Ireland.

Folau faced a World Rugby judiciary hearing yesterday and was handed the suspension for an aerial clash with Peter O’Mahony during the defeat in Sydney.

Folau tackle

The decision reaffirms that Folau will be unavailable for the Waratahs’ Super Rugby clash with the Rebels in Melbourne tomorrow.

Before the verdict was handed down, Waratahs coach Daryl Gibson said he feared rugby was in danger of legislating the aerial contest into oblivion if the suspension was allowed to stand.

Prior to the hearing, Gibson told reporters: “It really makes us look at the kick contest area and exactly how we can, if it goes this way, how we can provide a law that covers or provides for what is happening in terms of the collisions and guys landing on their heads.”

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