MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Queensland Reds lock and former Australia captain James Horwill has been suspended for one week after being sent off in the Super Rugby loss to the Melbourne Rebels on Friday.

Horwill struck Rebels prop Paul Alo-Emile in the 21st minute of the match which Melbourne won 23-15 and pleaded guilty to striking at a judiciary hearing on Saturday.

Horwill will miss the match against the Bulls in Pretoria next Saturday, which is the first game of their two-week South African tour.

SANZAR judicial officer Nicholas Davidson said Horwill's good disciplinary record as well as his apology to Alo-Emile reduced the penalty from two weeks to one.

In December, Horwill signed a three-year contract with English Premiership side Harlequins and will join them after this year's World Cup.