Worcester Warriors lock Tevita Cavubati has been banned for nine weeks for biting Jebb Sinclair in Sunday’s Premiership loss at London Irish.
Cavubati was also ordered to pay £500 costs following a Rugby Football Union disciplinary hearing on Tuesday.
“I would like to apologise to my team-mates, the coaches and supporters,” the 28-year-old told the club website.
“I was struggling to breathe and reacted in a way I would never normally do. I sincerely apologise to Jebb.”
He added: “It was uncharacteristic and this is not the type of player I am.”
Fiji international Cavubati joined Warriors in September and has made 12 appearances in all competitions.
Warriors currently sit 10th in the Premiership table, one point above bottom-of-the-table Newcastle Falcons.