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All Black Andrew Hore banned for five weeks following forearm smash

The New Zealand veteran displayed ‘genuine remorse’ when called in front of the citing commissioner.

Andrew Hore in action against Wales.
Andrew Hore in action against Wales.
Image: David Davies/PA Wire

ANDREW HORE HAS received a five week ban for his forearm smash on Bradley Davies.

The All Black hooker was cited for a meaty blow after his side’s 33-10 win over Wales at the Millennium Stadium on Saturday.

Hore was looking to join a defensive ruck and took exception to the Welsh lock ambling in his path.

The suspension means Hore will miss the All Blacks’ final autumn Test against England this weekend.

The New Zealand and Hurricanes player would have faced an eight-week ban for a ‘top end’ entry level offence but the sentence was reduced by three weeks.

The reduction, according to officials, was for for Hore’s ‘acceptance of guilt, genuine remorse, exemplary disciplinary record and his conduct during the hearing’.

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New Zealand rugby correspondent Mark Reason, reporting for The Dominion Post, condemned the All Black management, including head coach Steve Hansen, for not coming out with an apology as it awaited news on the hooker’s hearing.

Reason commented, “We should be thankful that Hansen is no longer a policeman.

“He would have presumably let Charles Manson off with a caution.”

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