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Citing concern for Richie McCaw ahead of the Rugby World Cup final

The All Blacks skipper faces an anxious 36 hours to see if he will face disciplinary action.

A still from the incident in which McCaw and Louw collided.
A still from the incident in which McCaw and Louw collided.

NEW ZEALAND CAPTAIN Richie McCaw could miss the Rugby World Cup final if a citing officer determines he deliberately elbowed Francois Louw during Saturday’s semi-final win over South Africa.

The All Blacks ran out 20-18 winners in a tense encounter at Twickenham to remain on course for back-to-back World Cup wins.

However, a video clip of a first-half incident, in which McCaw ran past a ruck and seemingly made contact with the head of Louw using his elbow, became a hot topic on social media after the match.

Former England hooker Brian Moore tweeted the footage with the accompanying comment: “This might be interesting.”

The match’s citing officer must decide whether there was any intent on the part of McCaw, or if the 34-year-old’s apparent contact with Louw was accidental.

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