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Last Updated: Thursday, 4 October 2007, 20:46 GMT 21:46 UK
NZ's Lauaki wins appeal over ban
Sione Lauaki in action against Romania
Lauaki is New Zealand's second-string number eight
New Zealand's reserve number eight Sione Lauaki has won his appeal against his two-match ban for a dangerous tackle on Romania's Gabriel Brezonianu.

The tackle was originally deemed reckless but not intended to injure.

"The appeal committee concluded ... the judicial officer's conclusion that the attempted tackle was late could not be supported," said an official statement.

Lauaki was left out of the squad for the quarter-final with France but is available if they reach the semi-final.



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