Ireland’s Aki to miss rest of World Cup as red card is upheld
15 October, 2019, 9:21 pm
(Reuters) – Ireland centre Bundee Aki will miss the remainder of the Rugby World Cup after an independent judicial committee on Monday upheld the red card he picked up in their 47-5 victory over Samoa on Saturday.
Aki was sent off in the 29th minute following a high tackle on Samoa flyhalf Ulupano Seuteni at Fukuoka Hakatanomori Stadium as Ireland reached the quarter-finals.
The 29-year-old had hoped to overturn the red card in a bid to prolong his tournament.
However, the judicial committee at a disciplinary hearing in Tokyo did not find that referee Nic Berry’s decision was wrong.
World Rugby’s mandatory minimum mid-range entry point for a suspension is six weeks but Aki’s good disciplinary record had resulted in a reduced sanction of three weeks, the committee said in a statement here
As a result, Aki will miss Ireland’s last-eight clash against defending champions New Zealand on Oct. 19 as well as the semi-final and the final should his team progress.
If Ireland are knocked out, he will serve the remainder of his ban with club side Connacht Rugby in the PRO14.