Bundy Aki will miss Ireland’s Test matches against South Africa and Fiji in November after receiving an eight match ban.

Aki, 32, received the third red card of his career on Saturday for a dangerous drive to Cibelo Senatl when Connacht faced the Stormers in the Rugby United Championship (URC).

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The ban means Aki will miss the third fall international against Australia on November 19, but will become available if he completes the coaching intervention program.

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BUT URC statement read: “In their answers to the bailiff supervising the disciplinary process, [Pamela Woodman, Scotland]The player admitted that he had committed an act of foul play that deserved a red card.

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“She determined that the player’s actions towards Cibelo Senatl were reckless and took into account, among other things, the speed, strength and high degree of danger in the player’s actions.

“Ms. Woodman determined that, had it been based on this behavior alone, the offense would have been categorized as moderate on the severity scale.

“However, Ms. Woodman also reviewed the actions and behavior of the player towards the referee in connection with the issuance of the red card, which, in her opinion, did not meet the expected standards of behavior or respect.

“It also took into account [in accordance with URC’s Disciplinary Rules] in determining that the player’s infraction was the highest on the scale of severity, which warranted an entry point sanction for 10 weeks.”

A number of factors, including Aki’s admission that he “committed an act of foul play”, his “expression of remorse” and “apology to both the opposing player and the referee”, reduced the Irish center’s suspension.

But Aka’s previous two red cards and a “suspension and warning for previous referee behavior” meant two more weeks were added to his sanction, with the possibility of a one-week reduction through a coaching intervention program.

Aki played 40 times for Ireland and featured for the British and Irish Lions on their tour of South Africa last year.