Sacré bleu! World Rugby's judiciary cuts Aussie ref down, says red card was WRONG - despite law being correctly applied

French fullback Benjamin Fall has had his red card issued in the second Test between the All Blacks and France cancelled at a World Rugby judicial hearing today.

Fall was shown red by referee Angus Gardner in the 11th minute of the first half of the match in Wellington after a collision with an aerial Beauden Barrett resulted in the All Blacks first-five landing dangerously on his head - he was concussed as a result.

Fall was ordered off the field under Law 9.17 for tackling, charging, pulling, pushing or grasping an opponent whose feet were off the ground.

Hansen says he would like to see a way of keeping players 'in the park' after situations like the one Benjamin Fall suffered. Source: 1 NEWS

But World Rugby has decided after a "detailed review" of the incident, the contact was not worthy of the send off.

"As demonstrated in the video footage, the Player, at all times, had his eyes on the ball whilst it was in the air, which showed, in our opinion, a clear intention, on the part of the Player, that he intended to contest it," the judiciary said.

"Whilst it is unfortunate that NZ #10 sustained a concussion after landing on his head, was removed from the match and is unlikely to be available for the third Test match we did not consider that the Player’s actions, in the circumstances of this case, were deliberate or reckless.

The All Blacks coach said the red card had many negative repercussions for both teams. Source: 1 NEWS

"In our opinion, as supported by all the video footage, the Player’s actions were accidental... therefore, having regard to the totality of the evidence, the Judicial Committee was satisfied, on the balance of probabilities, that the referee’s decision to issue the red card was wrong."

The committee also made sure not to blame Gardner for his handling of the situation.

"It is important to record, that no criticism is made of the referee nor, in our opinion, would any be warranted.

Unlike the referee we had the benefit of all the video footage, which showed various angles of the incident - we had the luxury of time to deliberate and consider, in private, the incident."


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North Harbour hooker James Parsons nails sideline conversion in 100th NPC match

North Harbour's hooker James Parsons celebrated his 100th NPC match in style, nailing a side-line conversion in his side's 51-34 Mitre 10 Cup win against Hawke's Bay in Napier this afternoon.

The 31-year-old scored two tries in the match and nailed a difficult conversion on the angle, to put the icing on the cake in a see-saw battle with the Magpies.

The lead changed several times in the match with North Harbour scoring two late tries to secure victory over the home team.

Harbour will take on Taranaki next Saturday in New Plymouth in their next NPC fixture.

The first-five put on a big right foot step before scoring in his side’s 51-34 win over Hawke’s Bay in Napier. Source: SKY

North Harbour 51 (James Parsons 2, Matt Duffie, Shaun Stevenson, Tevita Li, Bryn Gatland, Harrison Groundwater tries;Gatland 4, Parsons con; Gatland 2 pen).

Hawke's Bay 34 (Kianu Kereru-Symes, Jonah Lowe, JJ Taulagi, Brad Weber tries; Taulagi 4 con, 2 pen).

HT: 15-17.

Parsons didn't put a step wrong against Hawke's Bay, scoring two tries and nailing a conversion. Source: SKY


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Late attacking charge sees North Harbour outclass Magpies in tight NPC contest

Relive 1 NEWS NOW's live coverage of today's Mitre 10 Cup clash between Hawke's Bay and North Harbour at McLean Park in Napier.

FULLTIME - HAWKE'S BAY 34 HARBOUR 51

79 mins: HAWKE'S BAY 34 HARBOUR 51

TRY! Pasqualle Dunn goes in over to score for Harbour as they secure the W in Napier. James Parsons steps up to take the conversion in his 100th NPC match and he nails it with his attempt grazing the left upright before going over the posts. 

72 mins: HAWKE'S BAY 34 HARBOUR 44

TRY! Bryn Gatland steps off his right foot and charges over to score a crucial try for Harbour. Magpies are running out of time with only five minutes remaining in this NPC clash.

The North Harbour star is one of four new faces in the All Blacks' end of year tour squad.
Matt Duffie Source: Photosport

Gatland converts his own try.

69 mins: HAWKE'S BAY 34 HARBOUR 37

THREE! Bryn Gatland fires a penalty kick from over 30m out and Harbour lead with 10 minutes left in the match.

61 mins: HAWKE'S BAY 34 HARBOUR 34

TRY! Harbour hit back! This time Bryn Gatland finds his mark. He throws a skip pass wide to left winger Tevita Li who dives over to score down the left flank.

Bryn Gatland is off target with his kick from the sideline.

58 mins: HAWKE'S BAY 34 HARBOUR 29

TRY! JJ Taulagi makes a break around haflway and finds a support runner in Brad Weber with the fullback throwing an inside pass to Weber. The halfback sprints away to score under the goal posts. Taulagi has been everywhere in this match.

JJ Taulagi bangs over his conversion with ease.

54 mins: HAWKE'S BAY 27 HARBOUR 29

TRY! Shaun Stevenson runs an excellent line and steps his way over to score to level up the scores.

Harbour hit the front after a successful kick by Bryn Gatland. 

53 mins: HAWKE'S BAY 27 HARBOUR 22

NO TRY! Harbour butcher an easy walk over try with Bryn Gatland throwing a poor pass to Tevita Li who had no defender in front of him. Gatland's pass goes flying over the touch-line.

48 mins: HAWKE'S BAY 27 HARBOUR 22

TRY! Hawke's Bay hit back! Lincoln McClutchie holds up the ball and delivers a perfect pop pass to a charging JJ Taulagi who steps his way over to score under the posts.

JJ Taulagi converts his own try from in front of the sticks.

44 mins: HAWKE'S BAY 20 HARBOUR 22

TRY! North Harbour set up a great driving maul from a line-out 5m out of Magpies' own goal line and they rumble over to score. James Parsons' is the one who comes up with the ball and he has his second try of the match in his 100th NPC match.

Bryn Gatland is online with his conversion attempt from out wide.

42 mins: HAWKE'S BAY 20 HARBOUR 15

THREE! JJ Taulagi is on target with his penalty kick at goal to extend Hawke's Bay lead.

40 mins: HAWKE'S BAY 17 HARBOUR 15

And we are back underway with Lincoln McClutchie kicking off deep towards North Harbour.

HALFTIME - HAWKE'S BAY 17 HARBOUR 15

40 mins: HAWKE'S BAY 17 HARBOUR 15

TRY! Shaun Stevenson spots acres of space in behind the Magpies and puts in a smart grubber kick for Matt Duffie to run onto. He gets to the ball first and delivers a killer blow to the home side just before the break. He dots down for his side's second try of the match.

Bryn Gatland's shot at goal hits the left uprights and his side trail by two-points at halftime. 

32 mins: HAWKE'S BAY 17 HARBOUR 10

TRY! Hawke's Bay fire back! The Magpies have numbers out to the right and they give the ball to their speedster Jonah Lowe who gets on the outside of his defender before throwing a dummy. The North Harbour defenders fall for the dummy and Lowe brings the ball around and scores close to the uprights.

JJ Taulagi slots the coversion with ease, he is 3/3 with the boot today.

29 mins: HAWKE'S BAY 10 HARBOUR 10

TRY! Harbour spin the ball wide down the right edge with Matt Duffie breaking through the defensive line, he throws an inside pass to his halfback Bryn Hall who then fires a perfect ball to Sione Teu.

Teu shows some great pace for a flanker and is tackled 5m out from Magpies' goal line. James Parsons is the first Harbour player to arrive at the breakdown and he goes himself. He scores Harbour's first try in his 100th NPC match.

Bryn Gatland adds the extras.

26 mins: HAWKE'S BAY 10 HARBOUR 3

NO TRY! Hapakuki Moala-Liava'a is denied a try after the referee ruled Sione Teu of holding back Magpies flanker Marino Mikaele-Tu'u as Moala-Liava'a crossed the try-line.

14 mins: HAWKE'S BAY 10 HARBOUR 3

NO TRY! Shaun Stevenson gets on the outside of his opposite Jonah Lowe, he attempts an offload for Harbour winger Tevita Li but he can't control it and fumbles the ball 5m away from the try-line. A great last ditch tackle by Lowe which forced Stevenson to throw the pass.

12 mins: HAWKE'S BAY 10 HARBOUR 3

THREE! North Harbour are on the score-board after Bryn Gatland lands a monster 40m penalty kick.

6 mins: HAWKE'S BAY 10 HARBOUR 0

TRY! Magpies hooker Kianu Kereru-Symes rumbles over from close range to score the first-five pointer of the match. It all started inside their own 22 when centre Stacey Ili made a break and put in a clever kick to get his side inside Harbour's 22.

The conversion is online by JJ Taulagi.

3 mins: HAWKE'S BAY 3 HARBOUR 0

THREE! JJ Taulagi lands a penalty kick at goal from 41 metres out.

HAWKE'S BAY 0 HARBOUR 0

KICK-OFF! Bryn Gatland gets things underway! He kicks off deep to Hawke's Bay.

TEAMS

Hawke's Bay: JJ Taulagi, Jonah Lowe, Stacey Ili, Pasqualle Dunn, Mason Emerson, Lincoln McClutchie, Brad Weber (co-captain), Gareth Evans (co-captain), Josh Kaifa, Marino Mikaele-Tu'u, Michael Allardice, Tom Parsons, Ben May, Kianu Kereru-Symes, Mark Braidwood.

Reserves: Ben Power, Joe Apikatoa, Pouri Rakete-Stones, Geoff Cridge, Devan Flanders, Folau Fakatava, Sasa Tofilau, Michael Buckley.

North Harbour: Shaun Stevenson, Matt Duffie (co-captain), James Dargaville, Harrison Groundwater, Tevita Li, Bryn Gatland, Bryn Hall, Hapakuki Moala-Liava'a, Dillon Hunt, Sione Teu, Danny Drake, Gerard Cowley-Tuioti, Mike Tamoaieta, James Parsons (co-captain), Luatangi Li.

Reserves: Luteru Tolai, Chris Eves, Sione Mafileo, Jacob Pierce, Murphy Taramai, Lewis Gjaltema, Daniel Hilton-Jones, Mark Telea.

48 mins: HAWKE'S BAY 27 HARBOUR 22
69 mins: HAWKE'S BAY 34 HARBOUR 37
The first-five put on a big right foot step before scoring in his side’s 51-34 win over Hawke’s Bay in Napier. Source: SKY


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Humble Rieko Ioane not targeting All Blacks' try scoring record: 'I'm just enjoying what I'm doing'

All Blacks winger Rieko Ioane says he's not motivated by Doug Howlett's all-time try scoring record, having re-signed with New Zealand Rugby yesterday.

Ioane, 21, has scored 18 tries from 18 Test appearances and would appear likely to overtake Howlett's record of 49 tries in 62 Tests, if he were to stay fit and represent the All Blacks for the majority of his professional career.

However, speaking at Auckland Airport as the All Blacks departed for Argentina yesterday, Ioane said that the prospect of writing his name into the record books played no part in his decision to stay in New Zealand.

"It's different for everyone, but I just want to keep playing good footy, consistent footy," he said.

"Hopefully, if I keep doing that, then things take care of itself.

"I'm just enjoying what I'm doing. My sole focus is having fun and being consistent."

The young winger is on course to eclipse Doug Howlett's all-time record. Source: 1 NEWS


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'I'm a proud Aucklander' – Rieko Ioane targets Blues' return to glory with new NZ Rugby deal

All Blacks winger Rieko Ioane says the desire to see the Blues return to the top of Super Rugby was a key factor in his decision to remain with New Zealand Rugby as he signed a four-year deal.

Ioane, 21, and brother Akira both put pen to paper on new contracts with the elder Ioane recommitting to New Zealand Rugby for an extra three years.

However, with the Blues not having won Super Rugby since 2003, Ioane said that helping his boyhood club back to glory was a huge motivation in his decision to stay.

"We look forward to the challenge it brings," Ioane said.

"Being from Auckland, something that we hold dear to our hearts is taking our franchise, our city to places where it should be.

"We want to see it at the top, and hopefully if we're part of it it'll be something special."

Ioane also spoke about the prospect of turning down other New Zealand Super Rugby franchises.

"There's always going to be that temptation, but for me, the huge factor is being at home.

"I'm a proud Aucklander, and I just want to inspire the change that gets us to where we need to get to."

The All Blacks winger re-signed with New Zealand Rugby today. Source: 1 NEWS


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