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Sonny Bill Williams to face judicial hearing over shoulder charge tomorrow

The All Blacks centre saw red in the second Test earlier.

SONNY BILL WILLIAMS will face a judicial hearing tomorrow after being sent off for a sickening shoulder charge on Anthony Watson during the All Blacks’ defeat to the Lions this morning.

The New Zealand centre received his marching orders from referee Jerome Garces during the first half of the second Test at the Westpac Stadium and now faces the prospect of a further ban.

Williams became only the third All Black to be sent off in an international after Cyril Brownlie in 1925 and Colin ‘Pinetree’ Meads in 1967.

“All Blacks midfielder Sonny Bill Williams will face a judicial hearing, resulting from the red card he received early in the first half of the All Blacks v British & Irish Lions Test match played at Westpac Stadium, Wellington on Saturday 1 July 2017,” a NZR statement read.

“A judicial panel consisting of Adam Casselden (AUS), David Croft (AUS), and John Langford (AUS), will hear the case tomorrow (Sunday 2 July) at 5:00pm, at the New Zealand Rugby offices, 100 Molesworth St, in Wellington.”

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