Jordie Barrett free to play as red card dismissed

Tue, 07/09/2021, 11:00 pm
Nathan Williamson
by Nathan Williamson
History repeats itself as Barrett gets a red card at Optus Stadium

All Blacks fullback Jordie Barrett is free to play for the rest of The Rugby Championship after his red card was reversed.

Barrett was sent off after collecting Marika Koroibete in the head with his boot in the third Bledisloe Test in Perth.

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In a video conference overnight, SANZAAR's Judicial Hearing ruled the Hurricanes fullback had inadvertently made contact with Koroibete's head as he lost balance

With no intent to lash out, the hearing cleared him of wrongdoing and removed the red card from his record.

"Having conducted a detailed review of all the available evidence, including all camera angles and additional evidence, including from the player, a medical report on the opposition player involved, and from two expert witnesses, and having considered the submissions from his legal representative, Stephen Cottrell, the Judicial Committee found that the Player had not transgressed Rule 9.11 and had therefore not committed an act of foul play," Judicial Committee Chair Robert Stelzner SC said.

"He legitimately went up in the air to collect a high ball, when in trying to regain his balance on the downward trajectory, his boot inadvertently made contact with his opponent’s head.

"The accidental nature of the incident leads the Judicial Committee to find that there was no intentional nor reckless act of dangerous play, with the result that the Red Card is expunged from the player’s record.

"The player is therefore free to play in the upcoming matches.”

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This will ensure Barrett is free to play in round three of The Rugby Championship against Argentina on the Gold Coast.

The match will serve as the first of four double-headers of the tournament, set to begin proceedings at CBUS Super Stadium before the Wallabies take on the Springboks on Sunday.

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