Wales back row forward Gareth Delve has been banned for three weeks after being found guilty of striking an opponent.
The 26-year-old Gloucester captain was cited following an altercation with George Stowers during last weekend's Guinness Premiership defeat to London Irish at the Madejski Stadium.
Delve will now not be available for his club until October 12, meaning he will miss the Premiership games against Saracens and Leeds Carnegie the Heineken Cup pool match at home to Newport Gwent Dragons.
The suspension is bitterly disappointing for the former Bath player who had been hoping to press his claims for inclusion in Warren Gatland's matchday squads for the autumn internationals.
Delve will now only have the games against Biarritz, London Wasps and Sale Sharks to force his way into Gatland's team for the clash with New Zealand in first of those four November Tests.
As the countdown continues for RWC2015, Tournament Chief Executive Debbie Jevans visited the Millennium Stadium to discuss preparations for the eight matches and reveal the positive news that 100,000 tickets for games at the home of Welsh rugby have sold in the last seven days.
Jason Harries is targeting a first win on the World Series circuit this season with Wales. The series returns to action this weekend in Dubai where Harries is part of a team hoping to build from its efforts in round one in October.
Wales skipper Jevon Groves says his side have addressed a few points from Gold Coast and aim to 'hit the ground running' in the next two rounds of the World Series, kicking off with this weekend in Dubai before heading off to South Africa next week.
Wales Sevens manager Steff Thomas is hopeful his side can build from a quarter-final spot in the opening round of the World Series in Australia when his side take part in the forthcoming double header in Dubai and South Africa.