RUGBY : Dan Carter’s disciplinary hearing has been postponed until Tuesday, at the request of the New Zealand team management.
Dan Carter’s disciplinary hearing has been postponed until Tuesday, at the request of the New Zealand team management.
The All Blacks fly-half was cited for a dangerous tackle on Wales scrum-half Martin Roberts during his side’s 19-12 victory at the Millennium Stadium on Saturday.
Carter was due to appear before Judge Jeff Blackett, the International Rugby Board-appointed judicial officer for the match, at a hearing on Monday. The case will be heard in London.
Carter escaped censure from referee Craig Joubert at the time but Wales head coach Warren Gatland and assistant Shaun Edwards both believe the challenge deserved a yellow card.
If Blackett decides Carter deserves a ban, it could threaten his participation against England at Twickenham on November 21.
The All Blacks are currently preparing for Saturday’s Test with Italy at the San Siro stadium in Milan, a game Carter would probably have been rested for anyway.
New Zealand had two players – wing Sitiveni Sivivatu and prop Tony Woodcock – cited and suspended following the victory over Australia in Tokyo nine days ago, bans that meant they missed the Wales game.