4 weeks suspension for SBW

WELLINGTON – All Blacks centre Sonny Bill Williams has been suspended for four weeks and will miss the third and deciding Test against the British and Irish Lions at Eden Park in Auckland on Saturday.

Williams was sent off for a dangerous shoulder charge on Lions winger Anthony Watson during the second Test, won 24-21 by the visitors to level the series at 1-1, at Wellington Regional Stadium on Saturday.

“Just finished my hearing, ended up getting four weeks,” Williams told reporters outside New Zealand Rugby Union headquarters in Wellington on Sunday.

“Obviously really disappointed, but happy with being able to get in there and say my piece.

“They’ve come to the conclusion that it was reckless, it wasn’t intentional. I’ve got in contact with Anthony and I’ve apologised to him, but very disappointed that I was sent from the field and let my brothers down.”

All Blacks coach Steve Hansen had called Malakai Fekitoa into the squad in anticipation of Williams receiving a ban and explained how upset the centre had been to receive the red card.

“He’s disappointed, not for himself, he accepts that he’s made a mistake,” Hansen said.

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