New Zealand haven’t let a World Rugby investigation into an eight-man breach affect them at the Sydney Sevens, swatting aside the US 24-7 in their quarter-final.
The Kiwis are facing possible disciplinary action from the sport’s governing body after World Rugby on Sunday morning confirmed a probe into Saturday night’s pool draw with Australia.
World Rugby says the 17-all result will stand but they are reviewing whether an extra player was on the pitch in the last minute of play to “determine if any disciplinary action is warranted”.
Australia led 17-10 in the dying moments of the final pool A match when vision from television cameras showed eight New Zealanders on Allianz Stadium before Ardie Savea scored under the posts.
NZ took top spot on pool A on for-and-against and will played the Americans in their Cup quarter-final, while Australia was drawn against injury-hit England.
The US put up a strong early fight but when they couldn’t capitalise on the first-half sin-binning of Kiwi captain Tim Mikkelson, the All Black Sevens team pounced.
They took a 14-0 lead into halftime with tries to Ben Lam and Augustine Pulu, and then went on with the job after the break.
The match was sealed when Lam barrelled the fastest man in sevens, Carlin Isles, before Mikkelson cleaned up to score.