Rugby-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.

(Reporting by Nick Said; Editing by Christian Radnedge)

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