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Queensland Reds prop Slipper, Highlanders hooker Mitchell suspended 3 weeks for lift tackles

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Queensland Reds and Wallabies prop James Slipper has been suspended for three weeks for making a dangerous lifting tackle during a Super Rugby match against the Blues.

Slipper's suspension will end on May 24, and he will miss the Reds' matches against the Crusaders and Melbourne Rebels in rounds 13 and 14. The 13th-place Reds have a bye in round 15, the last week of Slipper's ban.

Highlanders hooker Brayden Mitchell has also been suspended for three weeks for a lifting tackle in against the Stormers in Cape Town on Saturday.

Both players received reduced suspensions on Monday for early guilty pleas and because of their good disciplinary records.

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