All Blacks lock Scott Barrett has been banned for three weeks after receiving a red card in Saturday’s Bledisloe Cup tie with the Wallabies.
Barrett was sent off after appearing to lead with his shoulder in the tackle at the breakdown and made contact with the Australian captain Michael Hooper’s head.
The tackle was adjudged to have been dangerous by referee Jérôme Garcès who sent Barrett off after consulting with his TMO.
Barrett pleaded guilty to the offence under Law 9.16 – a player must not charge or knock down an opponent without attempting to grasp the player. The lock initially faced a mid-range penalty of a six-week suspension which may have derailed his World Cup selection but it has been reduced to three weeks by the SANZAAR Foul Play Review Committee. Barrett will serve the suspension in Mitre 10 Cup matches and be eligible to play after September 1.
BAD BARRETT! 🛑🛑🛑
Just before HT, Scott Barrett is dealt a straight red for contact with the head of Wallabies captain Hooper.
16-12 at the break and Australia with the man advantage for the second half.
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Adam Casselden, chairman of the Foul Play Review Committee ruled the following:
“Having conducted a detailed review of all the available evidence, including all camera angles and additional evidence, including submissions from his legal representative, Stephen Cottrell, the Foul Play Review Committee upheld the Red Card under Law 9.16.
“With respect to sanction the Foul Play Review Committee deemed the act of foul play merited a mid-range entry point of 6 weeks due to World Rugby instructions that dictate any incident of foul play which results in contact with the head and/or neck must start at a mid-range level.
“However, taking into account mitigating factors including the Player’s exemplary judicial record, his expressed remorse and the fact the Player has pleaded guilty at the first available opportunity, the Foul Play Review Committee reduced the suspension to 3 weeks.
“The Foul Play Review Committee adjourned the hearing to seek more evidence regarding the Player’s proposed schedule of matches. Upon reconvening the Foul Play Review Committee was presented with extensive evidence demonstrating the Player’s intended playing schedule.”