World Rugby announced on Monday that New Zealand second row Scott Barrett, who was ruled out against South Africa, will not be suspended for the World Cup and will therefore be able to face the French XV on September 8.
New Zealand will be able to rely on one of their strong players during the Rugby World Cup. The presidential body said on Monday: “Scott Barrett is free to play after an independent judicial committee decided that his exclusion during the friendly match against South Africa on August 25, 2023 was sufficient and that there was no need for further sanctions.” World Rugby in a I reported.
He was ruled out against South Africa after receiving two yellow cards
The All Blacks' second-row was dropped before half-time this Saturday during the defeat against the defending world champions the Springboks (35-7). Barrett (29, 62 caps) was booked for the first time (14th) for accumulating fouls before being shown a red card for dislodging Malcolm Marks' shoulder (39th).
Therefore, the Crusaders player will not be suspended for the opening match of the World Cup in France (September 8 – October 28), against the Blues at the Stade de France. As a reminder, the All Blacks are placed in Group A with Italy, Namibia and Uruguay as well as France.
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