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Hurricanes midfielder Jordie Barrett banned for three weeks

By Ben Smith
Jordie Barrett (L) is sent off by referee James Doleman (R) during the Super Rugby match between the Queensland Reds and the Wellington Hurricanes in Melbourne on March 3, 2024. (Photo by William WEST / AFP via Getty Images)

Hurricanes midfielder Jordie Barrett has been handed a three-week suspension by the SANZAAR foul play review committee.

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The All Black star was deemed to have broken law 9.13, a player must not tackle an opponent early, late, or dangerously, for his  tackle on Reds fullback Jordan Petaia.

Barrett was yellow carded at the time for the tackle which was upgraded to red upon review by the TMO. The foul play review committee upheld the red card ruling and considered that the tackle was “always illegal”.

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The offence warranted a mid-range entry point of six week suspension, which was reduced by three weeks due to mitigating factors.

Barrett will miss all the Hurricanes games up until 22 March which rules him out of big derby clashes against the Blues and Crusaders, followed by the Melbourne Rebels.

The No 12 could be back to face the Highlanders in round six down in Dunedin.

His absence will put highly touted youngster Riley Higgins in the frame to start in the midfield, along with one-time All Black Peter Umaga-Jensen.

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The Hurricanes name their team to face the Blues later today.

 

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Jon 1 days ago
Why Sam Cane's path to retirement is perfect for him and the All Blacks

> It would be best described as an elegant solution to what was potentially going to be a significant problem for new All Blacks coach Scott Robertson. It is a problem the mad population of New Zealand will have to cope with more and more as All Blacks are able to continue their careers in NZ post RWCs. It will not be a problem for coaches, who are always going to start a campaign with the captain for the next WC in mind. > Cane, despite his warrior spirit, his undoubted commitment to every team he played for and unforgettable heroics against Ireland in last year’s World Cup quarter-final, was never unanimously admired or respected within New Zealand while he was in the role. Neither was McCaw, he was considered far too passive a captain and then out of form until his last world cup where everyone opinions changed, just like they would have if Cane had won the WC. > It was never easy to see where Cane, or even if, he would fit into Robertson’s squad given the new coach will want to be building a new-look team with 2027 in mind. > Cane will win his selections on merit and come the end of the year, he’ll sign off, he hopes, with 100 caps and maybe even, at last, universal public appreciation for what was a special career. No, he won’t. Those returning from Japan have already earned the right to retain their jersey, it’s in their contract. Cane would have been playing against England if he was ready, and found it very hard to keep his place. Perform, and they keep it however. Very easy to see where Cane could have fit, very hard to see how he could have accomplished it choosing this year as his sabbatical instead of 2025, and that’s how it played out (though I assume we now know what when NZR said they were allowing him to move his sabbatical forward and return to NZ next year, they had actually agreed to simply select him for the All Blacks from overseas, without any chance he was going to play in NZ again). With a mammoth season of 15 All Black games they might as well get some value out of his years contract, though even with him being of equal character to Richie, I don’t think they should guarantee him his 100 caps. That’s not what the All Blacks should be about. He absolutely has to play winning football.

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