All Blacks lock Scott Barrett will miss Saturday’s Bledisloe Cup decider against the Wallabies after receiving a three-week ban for a shoulder charge.
Barrett was red-carded for making direct contact with the head/neck area of Wallabies flank Michael Hooper during last Saturday’s match in Perth.
He was facing up to six weeks on the sidelines, but the Sanzaar judicial committee reduced the punishment, citing his early guilty plea, remorse and exemplary disciplinary record.
‘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 therefore be available for the All Blacks’ World Cup warm-up Test against Tonga in Hamilton on 7 September.
This doesn’t look good for Scott Barrett. 😬😬😬
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