French defender Mohamed Hawass was sentenced to one year in prison for domestic violence.
He was arrested on Friday for hitting his wife when he saw her smoking – after he told him she had stopped smoking.
The incident is likely to end any hopes Hawass had of being selected for the World Cup in September in France.
The French Rugby Union described his behavior as “unacceptable and contrary to the representation of our country at the international level”.
Montpellier’s Haouas will fire an appeal and therefore remain free in the meantime, or he can wear an e-card.
When hitting his wife in public, the 29-year-old told the court: “She has the right to smoke, but the problem is that she lied to me.
“I told myself that if she could lie about the cigarette, she could lie about other things.”
The France international, who has 16 caps, was suspended in March for four weeks after headbutting Scotland’s Ben White in the Six Nations.
It was his second match against Scotland in three years, after being punched by Jamie Ritchie in 2020.
Having spent his rugby career with Montpellier, Haouas was due to leave this summer after agreeing a three-year contract with Clermont.
However, the club’s top 14 said he would “not be able to wear the colours” following his conviction.
In 2022, Hawass was sentenced to an 18-month suspended prison sentence for his role in a series of robberies in 2014.