Connacht centre Bundee Aki banned for three matches for misconduct

Bundee Aki
Bundee Aki will sit out Saturday's visit of the Scarlets and the trip to Munster

Connacht centre Bundee Aki has been banned for three matches after admitting a charge of misconduct.

The offence referred to Aki's behaviour to and remarks directed toward referee Ian Davies during and after Connacht's defeat by Leinster on 15 April.

The 27-year-old will miss his side's remaining Pro12 games of the regular season against Scarlets and Munster.

Aki will also sit out Connacht's Champions Cup play-off match on the weekend of 19-21 May.

The Kiwi can return to play from Monday, 22 May so he would be available to return for the following week's play-off final should Pat Lam's side progress.

Aki faced a two-man disciplinary panel on Thursday via video link after a misconduct complaint was made against him by the disciplinary officer of Pro12 Rugby.

He received a warning about his behaviour from Davies in the 76th minute of the 37-24 loss in the interprovincial derby and then further remonstrated with the Welsh referee after full-time.

If Connacht remain in eighth place in the Pro12, they will face the English Premiership's seventh-placed team.

If they were to win that game, as it stands, they would face the winner of the encounter between the seventh-placed Top 14 side and Cardiff Blues for a place in Europe's premier club competition next season.

Aki will become eligible to play for Ireland under the three-year residency rule in October 2017.