Saturday 16 December 2017

Sonny Bill Williams becomes first All Black sent off in 50 years for shoulder charge against the Lions

New Zealand's Sonny Bill Williams looks dejected after being shown a red card during the second test of the 2017 British and Irish Lions tour at Westpac Stadium, Wellington. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday July 1, 2017. See PA story RUGBYU Lions. Photo credit should read: David Davies/PA Wire.
New Zealand's Sonny Bill Williams looks dejected after being shown a red card during the second test of the 2017 British and Irish Lions tour at Westpac Stadium, Wellington. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday July 1, 2017. See PA story RUGBYU Lions. Photo credit should read: David Davies/PA Wire.
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

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.

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