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CANE, CAPTAIN OF THE ALL BLACKS, GETS A TWO-MATCH BAN FOR WORLD CUP TACKLE

PARIS – On Monday, New Zealand captain Sam Cane was suspended for two matches for a risky tackle that resulted in him being the first player to be red-carded in a Rugby World Cup final.

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The 31-year-old was initially sin-binned for a tackle on South Africa’s Jesse Kriel in the first half of the All Blacks’ loss to South Africa in Paris on October 28th but was later red-carded after the action was reviewed.

“The player accepted that he had committed an act of foul play but challenged the Foul Play Review Official’s decision that the act warranted a red card,” the International Rugby Union said in a statement.

According to World Rugby’s independent Disciplinary Committee, “the degree of danger was high because there was direct and forceful contact with the player’s shoulder to the head of the ball carrier.”

World Rugby’s mandatory minimum mid-range entry point for foul play resulting in head contact is normally a six-match ban.

However, “taking all considerations into account, including the player’s exemplary disciplinary record, his early acknowledgment of foul play and his clear remorse, the independent Committee determined mitigation of three matches was appropriate”, the statement added.

The sanction was reduced to two matches subject to Cane’s completion of a coaching intervention program.

Flanker Cane will miss his first two matches with Japanese club Suntory which he joined last week for the 2024 season, but could make his debut on 2 December against Urayasu D-Rocks.