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Hurricanes winger Kobus van Wyk suspended for 3 weeks

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Kobus van Wyk for the Hurricanes
Kobus van Wyk for the Hurricanes
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Hurricanes winger Kobus van Wyk was suspended for three weeks on Friday, ruling him out of the final round of Super Rugby Aotearoa.

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Van Wyk was hauled before the Sanzaar judiciary over a spear tackle in last Saturday's 31-18 win over the Chiefs and pleaded guilty to the offence.

It means the former Sharks and Stormers flyer will sit out Saturday's match against the Highlanders in Dunedin.

With New Zealand's domestic Super Rugby competition winding up this week and uncertainty over when a new season will start, when van Wyk will finally complete his suspension is anyone's guess.

He is also set to join English club Leicester Tigers.

Meanwhile, despite Sunday's Blues v Crusaders match in Auckland cancelled due to Covid-19 restrictions, Saturday's one in Dunedin will go ahead under Level 2 restrictions with no fans allowed.

But the kick-off time has been changed to 15:05 local time (05:05 SA time). This is because under New Zealand Rugby Level 2 protocols agreed with government, teams must fly in and out of cities hosting matches on the same day to limit public interaction.

Teams:

Highlanders

15 Mitch Hunt, 14 Josh McKay, 13 Michael Collins, 12 Sio Tomkinson, 11 Jona Nareki, 10 Josh Ioane, 9 Aaron Smith (co-captain), 8 Marino Mikaele-Tu’u, 7 Dillon Hunt, 6 Shannon Frizell, 5 Jack Whetton, 4 Pari Pari Parkinson, 3 Siate Tokolahi, 2 Ash Dixon (co-captain), 1 Ayden Johnstone

Substitutes: 16 Liam Coltman, 17 Daniel Lienert-Brown, 18 Jeff Thwaites, 19 Manaaki Selby-Ricket, 20 Teariki Ben-Nicholas, 21 Folau Fakatava, 22 Ngane Punivai, 23 Tom Florence

Hurricanes

15 Jordie Barrett, 14 Vince Aso, 13 Billy Proctor, 12 Peter Umaga-Jensen, 11 Wes Goosen, 10 Jackson Garden-Bachop, 9 Jamie Booth, 8 Ardie Savea, 7 Du’Plessis Kirifi, 6 Reed Prinsep, 5 Scott Scrafton, 4 James Blackwell, 3 Tyrel Lomax, 2 Dane Coles (captain), 1 Ben May

Substitutes: 16 Ricky Riccitelli, 17 Tevita Mafileo, 18 Pouri Rakete-Stones, 19 Liam Mitchell, 20 Devan Flanders, 21 Jonathan Taumateine, 22 Salesi Rayasi, 23 Chase Tiatia

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