The All Blacks hooker Andrew Hore avoided the maximum penalty for striking because of his acceptance of guilt, his genuine remorse, exemplary disciplinary record and his conduct during the hearing.
Hore has been given a five-week suspension and not the maximum eight for striking Wales lock Bradley Davies off the ball during their win in Cardiff at the weekend.
The suspension means the 34-year-old will miss the All Blacks' final Test against England this weekend as well as three pre-season Super Rugby matches for the Highlanders and the opening game of next year's season.
Hore says he feels he's let the country down and got in touch with Davies after the match. Davies was taken to hospital with concussion after the incident.
Hore, who has the right of appeal, lashed out at the retreating Davies, running across his path, as the hooker charged in to clear out a ruck.