Ben Tameifuna to face disciplinary action in France
New Zealand prop Ben Tameifuna will face a disciplinary panel in France next week after his yellow card for a controversial tackle.
The 27-year-old Racing 92 frontrower was banished in the 71st minute of their 22-13 win over Toulon last weekend for his hit on former French test five-eighth François Trinh-Duc.
Before he was sinbinned, Tameifuna watched, with a look of concern, as a prone Trinh-Duc was treated on the pitch by Toulon team medics.
He has been cited to appear before a France National Rugby League disciplinary hearing on January 16.
Various French media outlets have claimed the 140kg Tameifuna could have been red-carded for his tackle on Trinh-Duc, who weighs 85kg.
French television magazine Télé Loisirs said on its website, www.programmes-tv.net that "fortunately, ... François Trinh-Duc escaped unscathed, in the same way as his attacker, who escaped with a simple yellow card, despite the use of video."
Tameifuna is no stranger to controversy. He was suspended for five weeks in 2014 for pushing referee Glenn Jackson in a New Zealand provincial championshipi game.
Auckland-born Tameifuna was schooled in Hastings and played provincial rugby for Hawke's Bay and Waikato.
He had 65 games for the Chiefs between 2012 and 2015 and was called up to the All Blacks' training squad in 2012, although he never won a test cap.
Tameifuna joined Racing in 2015, around the same time as All Blacks great Dan Carter.
He made his Tonga test debut in 2017 and has since earned six caps.
His uncle, former Hawke's Bay, Chiefs and Tonga prop Sona Taumalolo, was forced to retire in 2018 with a spinal problem after six years with French clubs.