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Australia lock banned for six weeks for Quinn Tupaea clear-out

Australia lock Darcy Swain has been banned for six weeks after his charge into the knee of Quinn Tupaea ruled the New Zealand centre out for nine months.


Swain, 25, drove his shoulder into Tupaea’s leg as the All Black stood over a breakdown during Australia’s 39-37 loss in Melbourne on 15 September.


Sanzaar decided the incident was “not intentional” but “highly reckless”.


Swain was selected for an Australia A squad that will play three games against Japan in October. He is now ineligible for those matches. 


This weekend’s rematch against New Zealand in the final round of the Rugby Championship and the Wallabies’ tour matches against Scotland and France on 29 October and 5 November respectively.


Swain received a yellow card for the incident on the field, before citing officials decided it was worthy of a red and sent it for review after the match.


“Darcy’s not happy with the result (of what he did) and he’s been punished,” said Australia Coach Dave Rennie. “Six weeks is a hefty punishment, I reckon, and fitting.”


New Zealand were highly critical of Swain’s clear-out.


All Blacks Coach Ian Foster said his team had “a big issue” with it.


Playmaker Beauden Barrett said Tupaea was “a sitting duck”.


“It was a bit of a free shot. We don’t like to see these sorts of injuries,” he added.


Raducanu beats Yanina Wickmayer to continue run at Korea Open


Britain’s Emma Raducanu defeated Belgium’s Yanina Wickmayer 6-3 7-5 to progress to the Korea Open last eight in Seoul.


Raducanu, ranked 77th in the world, broke Wickmayer’s serve three times in a row at the end of the first set to seal the opener.


A cagey second set ended with Raducanu breaking once more, after being taken to deuce in the previous game.


The 19-year-old will play Poland’s world number 51 Magda Linette next.


Victory over Linette would be the first time Raducanu has won three matches in a single tournament since her extraordinary run to the US Open title in September 2021.


World number 460 Wickmayer, who was ranked as high as 12th in the world before taking a break for the birth of her first child in 2021, grew into the match and threatened to take the contest to a decider.


But Raducanu, who has been working with Russian coach Dmitry Tursunov since July, kept her composure and consistency to see out the win.