Australia fullback Folau loses appeal against 1-match ban

Australia's Israel Folau, center, attempts to run through Ireland's Johnny Sexton, left, and Bundee Aki during their rugby union test match in Sydney, Saturday, June 23, 2018. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)

SYDNEY (AP) Australia fullback Israel Folau’s appeal against a one-match suspension for his contact in the air with Ireland captain Peter O’Mahony has been rejected.

The ban will sideline Folau for the New South Wales Waratahs’ Super Rugby match against Melbourne Rebels on Friday.

Folau was yellow-carded and subsequently given a citing commissioner’s warning over two aerial contests after O’Mahony, who was lifted by a teammate, landed awkwardly in the third test last Saturday. A World Rugby judiciary imposed the ban after a hearing on Wednesday.

The appeal, via video link, was heard by an all-northern hemisphere panel on Thursday.

Ireland clinched the series 2-1 with a 20-16 win in Sydney.