The All Blacks are facing a nervous wait after it was confirmed that Scott Barrett will appear before an independent disciplinary committee for his red card against South Africa at Twickenham.
Barrett was given his marching orders in the first half of New Zealand’s record loss to the Springboks on Friday night after being shown a second yellow for a dangerous clean-out on Malcolm Marx.
This came minutes after Barrett had returned to the field from the sin bin when the All Blacks were warned for conceding multiple cynical penalties.
World Rugby confirmed that Barrett will appear before an independent judicial committee on Monday for his red card.
If Barrett is suspended, New Zealand will be left with only two available locks – Sam Whitelock and Tupou Vaa’i – against France on 8 September and would require loose forward Luke Jacobson to cover the second row for the World Cup opener.
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