All Blacks star suspended for three weeks

All Blacks prop Angus Ta'avao has been suspended for three weeks after he was shown a red card in their second test loss to Ireland at the weekend.

Angus Ta’avao suspended for three weeks after red card

All Blacks prop Angus Ta’avao has been suspended for three weeks after he was shown a red card in their second test loss to Ireland at the weekend.

Ta’avao was dismissed from the game in the first half, which the All Blacks lost 23-12 in Dunedin, when he collided head-first with Ireland center Garry Ringrose.

If Ta’avao successfully completes World Rugby’s coaching intervention program, the penalty could be lowered to two weeks.

Ta’avao acknowledged that he engaged in misconduct, but he insisted that the existence of mitigating circumstances prevented a red card from being appropriate.

The committee considered all the available evidence, used the head contact procedure, and upheld the red card.

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On that basis, the committee deemed the act of foul play merited a mid-range entry point of six weeks given the direction by World Rugby that “any act of foul play which results in contact with the head and/or the neck shall result in at least a mid-range sanction”.

Taking into account Ta’avao’s excellent disciplinary record and the mitigating factors under Regulation 17, the committee granted full mitigation of 50 per cent to three weeks, resulting in a sanction of three weeks.

The committee also approved the player’s application under the Head Contact Process and Coaching Intervention Programme. If the coaching application is approved, the player’s sanction could be reduced by one week.

Ta’avao has the right of appeal within 48 hours of the issuing of the full written decision.

The All Blacks are due to face Ireland in the series decider on Saturday in Wellington.

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