Bok wing Arendse suspended for four weeks after red card

FILE PHOTO: Tokyo 2020 Olympics - Rugby Sevens - Men - Pool C - South Africa v United States - Tokyo Stadium - Tokyo, Japan - July 27, 2021. Kurt-Lee Arendse of South Africa in action with Cody Melphy of the United States and Carlin Isles of the United States. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – South Africa wing Kurt-Lee Arendse has been suspended for four weeks following his red card in the 26-10 Rugby Championship victory over New Zealand in Nelspruit on Saturday.

Arendse was red carded after 75 minutes following a dangerous tackle on All Blacks flyhalf Beauden Barrett that saw the latter land on his neck and remain a doubt for this Saturday’s second fixture between the sides at Ellis Park.

Arendse pled guilty to the charge, with a SANZAAR release saying the act of foul play was “reckless, highly dangerous and had a considerable impact on the victim player”, and will miss the Springboks’ next four matches, but will be available for the home clash against Argentina on Sept. 24.

It poses a problem for the Boks on the right wing, with Cheslin Kolbe and Sbu Nkosi both out injured. Coach Jacques Nienaber will name his side for the weekend clash on Tuesday.

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