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Sam Cane: New Zealand captain banned for three games after World Cup final red card

Sam Cane

Sam CaneSam Cane’s high tackle was upgraded to a red card following a TMO ‘bunker’ review

New Zealand captain Sam Cane has been banned for three games for his red card in the World Cup final.

Cane intends to complete a tackling course which will reduce the ban by one game, meaning he will miss two matches for new side Suntory Sungoliath in Japan.

The flanker was sent off for a high tackle on Jesse Kriel in the 12-11 defeat by South Africa last month.

He has taken a sabbatical from Waikato Chiefs to spend a season in Japan.

The 31-year-old is likely to make his Suntory debut against Urayasu D-Rocks on 2 December.

Cane, the first player to be sent off in a men’s World Cup final, said after the match: “Unfortunately it is something I am going to have to live with forever.”

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