Rugby World Cup 2023: New Zealander Scott Barrett will not be stopped and will be able to play well against the French XV

Rugby World Cup 2023: New Zealander Scott Barrett will not be stopped and will be able to play well against the French XV

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The all-black second row was dismissed during the historic defeat to South Africa. An independent judicial panel found that exclusion from the match was a sufficient sanction, and no further sanction was imposed.

New Zealand second rower Scott Barrett, ruled out against South Africa, will not be suspended for the 2023 World Cup and will therefore be able to face France's XV on September 8, the World Rugby Union, the international federation, announced on Monday, August 28.

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The International Rugby Federation said in a statement: “Scott Barrett is free to play after an independent judicial panel decided that his exclusion during the friendly match against South Africa on 25 August 2023 was sufficient and that no further sanctions were necessary.” .

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The All Blacks' second row was sent off before half-time on Saturday during the defeat against the world champion 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).

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He will therefore not be suspended for the opening match of the World Cup in France (September 8 – October 28), against the Blues. The All Blacks were placed in Group A with France, Italy, Namibia and Uruguay.

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