Beauden Barrett was the victim of an horrific red card incident in the All Blacks’ comprehensive 26-10 defeat to South Africa at Mbombela Stadium.
Springboks wing Kurt-Lee Arendse was the culprit in the 74th minute when he charged into the leaping Barrett in what was a reckless and highly dangerous act.
Referee Angus Gardner had no option but to show Arendse a red card.
The game was stopped for a long period as both players required medical attention, with Barrett replaced by midfielder Rieko Ioane, who had earlier been substituted for Quinn Tupaea.
One fan commented: “It has to be a massive ban!! And to think if it was earlier in the game it would only be 20 mins …”
“Hope to God both of these lads are OK. Beauden Barrett‘s neck could’ve snapped. Horrible fall.” another commented.
2022 World XV has been named with one England player included
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- 14. Makazole Mapimpi (South Africa)
- 11. Will Jordan (New Zealand)
- 13. Lukhanyo Am (South Africa)
- 12. Samu Kerevi (Australia)