Rugby Union

All Blacks lock cops three-week ban for divisive Hooper tackle

All Blacks lock Scott Barrett will miss this week's Bledisloe Cup decider, but will be clear to turn out at the Rugby World Cup after copping a three-week ban from the SANZAAR judiciary.

Barrett pleaded guilty to a dangerous tackle on Wallabies captain Michael Hooper which earned him a red card just before halftime of Saturday's Test in Perth, won 47-26 by the hosts.

Scott Barrett has been handed a three-week ban.Credit:AAP

The absence of 25-year-old Barrett and the injured Brodie Retallick means New Zealand will field a fourth-choice lock in Saturday's Bledisloe Cup Test.

Patrick Tuipolotu is favoured to be promoted to pack down alongside Sam Whitelock at Eden Park, where New Zealand need to win to retain the silverware.

The merits of Barrett's sending off has been hotly debated, with England coach Eddie Jones vocal in his belief the player and New Zealand were hard done by.

Former Wallabies mentor Jones said he feared a referee brandishing an unwarranted red card could ruin a big game at the World Cup.

Veteran Brumbies forwards coach Laurie Fisher urged World Rugby to consider ways of preserving the contest when a player is sent off, proposing a law change whereby the offender can be replaced after 10 minutes.

"Just a thought. He gets sanctioned but the contest survives," Fisher tweeted.


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