Wallabies' Lachlan Swinton cops four-week ban for dangerous tackle

Wallabies flanker Lachie Swinton has been handed a four-week suspension for his high tackle on Sam Whitelock during Australia's 24-22 win against the All Blacks.

Swinton was given a red card after he collected Whitelock without using his arms in the tackle in the 35th minute of the Bledisloe Cup match in Brisbane on Saturday.

The Wallabies debutant had his ban reduced from six weeks to four and the suspension will run until February 6, 2021, the SANZAAR foul-play review committee said on Monday.

Swinton will miss the rest of the Tri-Nations tournament in which the Wallabies will face Argentina on November 21 and December 5.

"Having conducted a detailed review of all the available evidence, including all camera angles and additional evidence, including submissions from his legal representative, Maryjane Crabtree, the Foul Play Review Committee upheld the Red Card under Law 9.13," Foul Play Review Committee Chairman Adam Casselden SC said.

"With respect to sanction the Foul Play Review Committee deemed the act of foul play merited a mid-range entry point of 6 weeks due to the World Rugby instructions that dictate any incident of foul play involving contact with the head must start at a mid-range level.

"However, taking into account mitigating factors including the fact the Player has pleaded guilty at the first available opportunity, the Foul Play Review Committee reduced the suspension to 4 weeks. The Player was not entitled to a full 50% reduction due to the presence of two prior offences on his record.

"The player is therefore suspended for 4 weeks, up to and including Saturday 6 February 2021."