All Black Barrett suspended three weeks

Paola Ditto
Августа 13, 2019

Barrett pleaded guilty to a unsafe tackle on Wallabies captain Michael Hooper which earned him a red card just before halftime of Saturday's Test in Perth, won 47-26 by the hosts.

New Zealand's Scott Barrett lines up before the autumn global rugby union match between England and New Zealand at Twickenham stadium in south-west London on 10 November 2018.

All Blacks lock Scott Barrett will miss this week's Bledisloe Cup decider but will be clear for the World Cup after copping a three-week ban from the SANZAAR judiciary.

Barrett was red-carded for his hit on Michael Hooper late in the first half of the 47-26 defeat in Perth and was facing up to six weeks on the sidelines.

That length was halved once Barrett's exemplary record, his remorse and guilty plea were factored in.

"Barrett has been suspended from all forms of the game for three weeks, up to and including Sunday, 1 September", it said in a statement released Tuesday.

Barrett will miss this weekend's test but will be free to play in the All Blacks' final warm-up test against Tonga on the 6th of September.

Veteran Brumbies forwards coach Laurie Fisher urged World Rugby to consider ways of preserving the contest when a player is sent off, proposing a law change whereby the offender can be replaced after 10 minutes.

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