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All Blacks star to miss remainder of Super Rugby Trans Tasman over red card

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Damian McKenzie for Chiefs (Getty)
Damian McKenzie for Chiefs (Getty)
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Chiefs fullback Damian McKenzie received a three-week suspension for a dangerous tackle on Monday, ending his Super Rugby Trans Tasman season but keeping him in contention for the upcoming All Blacks Tests.

McKenzie was sent off during the Chiefs' 40-34 loss to the Reds last weekend for a high shoulder charge on Reds scrumhalf Tate McDermott.

The Sanzaar judiciary panel upheld the red card and suspended McKenzie until 19 June , ruling him out of any more Super Rugby matches this season.

The punishment would have been six weeks but McKenzie's early guilty plea and good disciplinary record earned him a discount.

Otherwise, McKenzie would have been out until 10 July, missing New Zealand's one-off Test against Tonga and the first match of a two-Test series against Fiji.

The backline star has been in superb form in Super Rugby and is likely to add to his 27 Test caps when the All Blacks face the Pacific islanders.

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