New Zealand centre Lienert-Brown handed three-week ban for dangerous tackle

New Zealand centre Lienert-Brown handed three-week ban for dangerous tackle

Anton Lienert-Brown, the New Zealand centre, has been given a three-week ban for a dangerous tackle during the Waikato Chiefs’ Super Rugby Pacific final loss to the Canterbury Crusaders. As a result, he will miss at least the first two games of the Rugby Championship. Lienert-Brown was included in the All Blacks squad announced on June 18, but he will now be absent for New Zealand’s tests against Argentina and South Africa in the Rugby Championship. However, he could be available for the final test against Australia on July 29 if he applies for the World Rugby Coaching Intervention Programme, which can cut suspensions by a week.

The Foul Play Review Committee (FPRC) Chair, Michael Heron, ruled that Lienert-Brown’s act of foul play was reckless, with direct head-to-head contact made, high force, and no significant mitigating factors present. “The incident was dangerous and, after considering the relevant factors, decided the foul play merited a mid-range entry point of six weeks,” he said. However, the FPRC cut the ban by three weeks, taking into account Lienert-Brown’s exemplary record and guilty plea.

The Crusaders beat the Chiefs 25-20 in Saturday’s final.

Reporting by Angelica Medina in Mexico City; Editing by Ken Ferris. Our Standards: The Thomson RushHourDaily Trust Principles.

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