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TOKYO (AP) — The Latest on Thursday at the Rugby World Cup in Japan (all times local):
Ireland has announced it won’t appeal the three-man ban for Bundee Aki and will draft Rob Herring into the 31-man squad to replace injured hooker Sean Cronin for the remainder of the Rugby World Cup.
Ireland faces the defending champion New Zealand All Blacks in the quarterfinals on Saturday.
“Unfortunately for Sean Cronin a pre-existing neck muscle complaint flared up this week and although he is expected to recover fully in a couple of weeks the time-frame means he is ruled out of the tournament.,” Irish rugby said. Cronin went on as a replacement in Ireland’s upset loss to Japan and in the win over Russia.
Aki was banned for three weeks after being red-carded for a high tackle in Ireland’s win over Samoa last weekend. His bid to have the red card was overturned by a judicial committee on Monday, but he has remained with the squad as a training partner.
“The Ireland management will not appeal the sanction handed down to Bundee,” the team said in a statement. “We are disappointed with the outcome and believe that Bundee’s time will be best served helping prepare the squad for its remaini
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