Lienert-Brown to serve three weeks suspension

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  • Post published:June 27, 2023

New Zealand centre Anton Lienert-Brown is set to miss the first two games of the Rugby Championship next month after receiving a three-week ban on Tuesday.

A disciplinary committee from governing body SANZAAR suspended the 28-year-old Waikato Chiefs back for his dangerous tackle on Canterbury Crusaders wing Dallas McLeod in Saturday’s Super Rugby Pacific final.

Lienert-Brown was later cited for a yellow card he received for a head-on collision with McLeod during the Chiefs’ 25-20 loss to the Crusaders in Hamilton.

The disciplinary committee said in a statement that he is banned until and including July 29.

Despite being named to the All Blacks squad, the 60-Test centre will miss New Zealand’s games against Argentina on July 8 and South Africa on July 15 in Auckland.

On July 29, New Zealand will face Australia in Melbourne.

If Lienert-Brown participates in a World Rugby coaching intervention programme, his suspension will be reduced by one week.

Before the Rugby World Cup, he is running out of chances to impress New Zealand head coach Ian Foster.

The All Blacks face Australia in Dunedin on August 5, South Africa in London on August 25, and France in Paris on September 8 in their first World Cup game.