Ireland centre Bundee Aki has been banned from the rest of this Rugby World Cup after the red card he received in the pool period against Samoa has been upheld.
Aki will miss Irelands along with the ban means that he would also miss out on any matches should Joe Schmidts side progress.
The Samoan-born back was sent off during the 47-5 success on the Pacific Islanders of Ireland on Saturday.
An announcement from championship organisers explained that a separate judicial committeedid not find that the referees conclusion was incorrect and the red card was first preserved.
Though the tackle occurred quickly, the players tackle height was large and it had been approved he did not create a definite effort to modify his elevation to be able to avert the ball carriers mind, the statement said.
The committee didnt accept there was adequate evidence of a surprising drop in the ball carriers height.
Samoa head trainer Steve Jackson made an impassioned defence of Akis prospective participation in the tournament following the match, also said his staff woulddo whatever we can to ensure he gets on the field next week
Aki would have been pushing hard for a starting role from the All Blacks, but his absence will pave the way for fit-again Robbie Henshaw.
So has the right to launch a challenge, the 29-year-old has 48 hours to appeal the decision. But precious few attempts yield a change of the first ruling.
The William Fry partner was unable to convince the board, although expert lawyer Derek Hegarty into Japan flew out to get the disciplinary hearing of Aki.
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