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Fekitoa banned for Zebo tackle but no sanction for Cane after Henshaw concussed

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Simon Zebo during Saturday's clash against the All Blacks
Simon Zebo during Saturday's clash against the All Blacks

Sam Cane will face no sanction for the tackle which ended Robbie Henshaw's involvement in Saturday's game between Ireland and New Zealand at the Aviva.

Cane was cited for his part in the incident which left Henshaw unconscious by Citing Commisioner Bruce Kuklinski but an independent disciplinary committee decided that it did not warrant a suspension.

The committee viewed video footage of the incident, listened to evidence and representations from and on behalf of the player, and reviewed all of the other evidence, concluded that Cane's actions had been accidental and that he had not therefore committed an act of foul play.

Cane is a doubt for the clash with France on Saturday after suffering an ankle injury in the win over Joe Schmidt's side.

Malakai Fekitoa will miss the All Black's clash with Les Blues this week after he was given a one-week suspension for a dangerous tackle he committed on Simon Zebo on Saturday.

While Ireland were in the ascendancy and on the attack in the 49th minute, the ball was fired out to the Munster winger but his progress was halted by a high tackle from the Kiwi.

Fekitoa told an independent Disciplinary Committee, appointed by World Rugby, that he accepted that he had committed an act of foul play but asserted that it would not have warranted a red card.

The committee disagreed with the Kiwi and decided that his action did warrant a red card but that his actions were reckless rather than intentional.

They decided that the tackle merited a low-end entry point based on World Rugby's scale of seriousness, which carries a two-week playing suspension.

It was reduced to one week because of a number of factors including Fekitoa's immediate acknowledgement of wrongdoing, his previous clean disciplinary record and his good conduct at the hearing

He has the right to appeal the suspension.

Via Independent.ie