Rugby World Cup 2019: Scott Barrett avoids Japan ban as All Blacks lock receives three-week suspension

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All Blacks lock Scott Barrett has been banned for three weeks after a long judicial process following his red card in the first Bledisloe Cup test against Australia last weekend in Perth.

Barrett pleaded guilty when he first appeared before a judicial committee on Sunday but the tribunal, chaired by Australian lawyer Adam Casseldon, adjourned to seek further information before releasing its verdict on Tuesday.

Casseldon said the committee was presented with extensive evidence of Barrett’s intended playing schedule before imposing a sanction that ruled him out of all rugby up to and including 1 September. It means Barrett should be available for the World Cup, which starts later next month in Japan.

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Barrett became only the fourth All Blacks player sent off in a test in 114 years when he was dismissed by French referee Jerome Garces for a no-arms tackle on Wallabies captain Michael Hooper just before half-time in last Saturday’s Bledisloe Cup game.

Garces also sent off Sonny Bill Williams during New Zealand’s 2017 series against the British and Irish Lions.

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