Sonny Bill Williams becomes first All Black sent off in 50 years for shoulder charge against the Lions
The All Blacks were reduced to 14 men after just 22 minutes in today's second test against the Lions after Sonny Bill Williams was red carded for a shoulder charge on Anthony Watson.
With the score tied at 3-3, Williams hit the Lions wing in the head with his shoulder, with referee Jerome Garces opting for a red card after consulting with the TMO.
Williams is just the third All Black to ever receive a red card in a test match, and the first since Colin Meads was sent to the line by Irish referee Kevin Kelleher in 1967.
The All Blacks will now have to play almost an hour with 14 men.
Here is how some former players and journalists reacted to the controversial incident.
Fully deserved. Jerome Garces is a ballsy ref, never shirks a big call— Rúaidhrí O'Connor (@RuaidhriOC) July 1, 2017
...couldn't be better conditions to play with 14 men!! ☝— luke fitzgerald (@lukefitz11) July 1, 2017
100%— Gordon D'Arcy (@Gordonwdarcy) July 1, 2017
Sonny Bill Williams becomes the first All Black to be sent off in a Test match since 1967. First time in 50 years!— Rory Keane (@RoryPKeane) July 1, 2017
Absolutely the correct decision to give a red card there for Sonny Bill Williams. Strong refereeing from Garces— Andy Goode (@AndyGoode10) July 1, 2017