Mumm banned 1 test for foul play in loss to New Zealand
SYDNEY (AP) Australia backrower Dean Mumm will miss the Nov. 5 test against Wales after being banned for one match for foul play in the weekend loss to New Zealand.
In a statement Monday, match Judicial officer Robert Stelzner said Mumm pleaded guilty to striking All Blacks lock Brode Retallick during the 37-10 loss at Eden Park, Auckland.
Mumm used his elbow to make contact after he was held back by Retallick. Referee Nigel Owens missed the incident.
Stelzner settled on one match because Mumm ''acted instinctively in retaliation to his being illegally held back by his opponent upon trying to rejoin play'' and Ratallick was able to play on.
New Zealand set a world record with its 18th consecutive win, and swept the annual Bledisloe Cup series against Australia 3-0. Both teams will tour the northern hemisphere next month.