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Lauiti'iti Has Charge To Answer
New Zealand forward Ali Lauiti'iti will miss this week's test match against Australia unless he successfully fights a charge at the National Rugby League judiciary on Wednesday night.
Lauiti'iti was named on the bench for the test at Aussie Stadium on Friday night but on Monday he was charged with a grade one careless high tackle.
Because he's had two similar offences in the past two years, the penalty if he pleads guilty will be a one match suspension, ruling him out of the test but leaving him eligible for the Warriors next game - against Melbourne in Auckland on August 2.
The sixth-placed Warriors have the bye this weekend and coach Daniel Anderson will be fully focused on his job as Kiwis mentor.
Lauiti'iti was reported twice for separate incidents during the Warriors' 31-24 victory over Cronulla on Saturday night at Toyota Park.
He escaped a charge for a swinging arm on Sharks prop Danny Nutley in the first half but NRL commissioner Jim Hall decided to cite him for a 66th minute high shot on Paul Gallen.
Fellow New Zealand international Francis Meli had no case to answer after being reported for a high tackle on Sharks fullback David Peachey in the 50th minute.