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Richie McCaw faces possible World Cup final suspension

The Springboks didn't have enough to get past the All Blacks.. (AFP PHOTO / FRANCK FIFE)
25th October, 2015
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Richie McCaw faces the possibility of missing the Rugby World Cup final after a video has emerged of the All Blacks’ captain appearing to elbow South African flanker Francois Louw in the face during Sunday morning’s semi-final victory.

The incident occurred in the first half, and the video seemingly shows McCaw running around the back of the ruck and deliberately attempting to strike the 30-year-old South African with his elbow, though it’s unclear whether he makes contact or not.

He has not been cited as of yet, but if a complaint is lodged by the citing officer the World Cup winning skipper may miss the final where the All Blacks will play either Australia or Argentina.

Striking with the elbow has a low-end sanction of a two-week suspension – the citing officer has 36 hours from the end of the match to raise the issue.

The South African flanker needed 16 stitches to the head after the game, but it’s not known if it was from McCaw’s strike or not – Louw told the media.

“I’m not sure, I think it was at the bottom of a ruck,” he said.