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Wallaby Simmons' ban cut to 5 weeks
13:55 AEST Wed Nov 28 2012

Wallabies lock Rob Simmons has had his eight week suspension cut to five weeks on appeal but he'll still miss Saturday's season-ending Test against Wales in Cardiff.

An International Rugby Board (IRB) appeal hearing in Bristol on Tuesday reduced the ban Simmons copped for a lifting tackle on French player Yannick Nyanga in Australia's European tour-opening 33-6 loss in Paris on November 10.

He has since missed the Tests against England and Italy in the past two weekends.

A statement issued by the Six Nations Committee, which oversees disciplinary matters on behalf of the IRB during the European autumn internationals, said the appeal committee had determined Simmons' offence merited a mid-range penalty rather than a top end one as the judicial officer originally found.

It added: "After applying aggravating and mitigating factors, the appeal committee imposed a reduced sanction of five weeks.

"Therefore the player will be free to play from February 4, 2013."

As was the case with the original ban, the reduced punishment takes account of the close season inactivity after the end of the Wallaby tour when Williams and his Wallaby team-mates are not scheduled to play.