All Blacks captain Sam Cane won't be punished for kicking pitch-invader

All Blacks captain Sam Cane won't be punished for kicking pitch-invader

By Alipate Narawa
Tuesday 11/07/2023

Sam Cane is free to lead the All Blacks against the Springboks in Auckland on Saturday night.

The New Zealand skipper won’t face any punishment for lashing out with his leg at a pitch-invader following his side’s impressive win over Argentina in their Rugby Championship opener in Mendoza on Sunday morning.

The tournament’s governing body, Sanzaar, has opted to take no formal action over Cane’s role in the incident.

Cane says he regretted his “split-second” decision to kick out at the teenager, but felt he ended the matter with the young man later that night on a “positive” note.

He further says he had felt bad in the aftermath because of the invader’s age but explained his intent had only been to assist security in removing someone from the field who should not have been there.

The All Blacks skipper says he has apologised to the teenage rugby player for his action.

The All Blacks play the Springboks at 7.05pm while the Wallabies host the Pumas at 9.45pm Saturday.


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