Michael Hooper, Australia's flanker will be unable to play in Saturday's Pool A deciding match against Wales, as he has received a week suspension by a Rugby World Cup Judicial hearing.



The offence was cited as an aggressive clearout of the England full back Mike Brown.

The judicial officer, Alan Hudson of Canada, said in a statement that the sentence was reduced due to it being a low-end offence and because of the good conduct displayed by Hooper.

His statement continues: "With respect to the sanction, the judicial officer determined that the offence was low-end, which has an entry point of two weeks. However, taking into account mitigating factors including his early admission, good conduct during the hearing and good character and the absence of any off-field aggravating factors, the player was suspended for a period of one week.

"In the context of the Rugby World Cup tournament, a week equates to one match. The suspension takes effect immediately, therefore Hooper is suspended for Australia's final Pool A match against Wales on October 10. He is free to resume playing for Australia's quarter-final. The player has 48 hours in which to appeal from the time he receives the full decision."

Australia's attack coach, Steve Larkham, stated that it is troubling to not have Hooper for the next match, but is confident the team is strong enough to face Wales. He said, "Michael has been tremendous so far and in fact the games before tournament he was standout as well. It is hard to replace someone like that but guys are certainly ready to go."