Australia’s Israel Folau banned for Peter O’Mahony challenge in air

Australia’s Israel Folau has been banned for one match after making contact in the air with Ireland captain Peter O’Mahony during the third Test in Sydney.

The ban means Folau, who plays for the Waratahs, will miss Friday’s Super Rugby match against the Rebels, although Rugby Australia has said Folau will appeal the decision.

The Australian full-back was yellow-carded and subsequently given a citing commissioner’s warning over two aerial contests after O’Mahony, who was lifted by a team-mate, landed awkwardly.

The citing commissioner, New Zealand’s Michael O’Leary, said Folau had “placed his left hand on O’Mahony’s chest”, which had pulled the flanker “over and he toppled to the ground”.

4:04 Ireland beat Australia 20-16 to secure a first away series win against one of the southern hemisphere's big three for the first time since 1979

Waratahs coach Daryl Gibson believes the outcome of the decision may have implications on aerial contests in rugby going forward.

“I believe if he does get some time, there are some real implications around the law-making process,” he said.

“It really makes us look at the kick contest area and exactly how we can provide a law that provides for what is happening in terms of the collisions and guys landing on their heads.”

Ireland clinched a historic series win with their 20-16 victory on Saturday.