2 May 2009

Player banned for life after punching ref

7:32 am on 2 May 2009

A Frankton rugby player has been banned for life from rugby after punching a referee at a match in Hamilton last Saturday.

During the Senior B grade match between Frankton and Te Rapa, Taylor Sione punched the referee in the second half after being issued with a red card.

After hearing evidence from all parties involved, the Waikato Rugby Union judicial committee handed down the life ban.