It’s been a busy day (or night if you’re on UK time) for the IRB, but here all the biggest stories to emerge over the last 12 hours:
Dan Carter ruled out of the Rugby World Cup
The official news came through during the night, but Dan Carter will play no further part in the Rugby World Cup. Find all the information on this story here.
Springboks lose influential Steyn
Frans Steyn has been forced to withdraw from the Rugby World Cup after picking up an injury to his left shoulder during his country’s tight win against Samoa on Friday. Bulls full back Zane Kirchner has been called up as his replacement. Given Steyn’s impressive form at inside centre, scoring three tries, he is a big loss.
Steyn injured his left shoulder in the final few minutes of the Springboks’ 13-5 victory over Samoa in Auckland on Friday and will return to South Africa for surgery.
“I am bitterly disappointed,” said Steyn. “I don’t know how the injury happened – it was at a ruck when I was cleaning someone out late in the game. “I was enjoying our campaign and the tournament, and to have it ended like this is very disappointing. “I’d just like to wish the squad all the best for the rest of the tournament.”
Lachie Turner called up to replace Drew Mitchell for the Wallabies
Drew Mitchell’s Rugby World Cup campaign is cursed.
After coming back from a devastating ankle break against the Queensland Reds at the start of the year, he pulled up when making a break against Russia in his first start at the RWC.
A grade one strain to his left hamstring means he will be out for another six weeks, ruling him out of playing any more part in the tournament regardless of Australia’s progress.
NSW Waratahs winger Lachie Turner has been called up as a replacement, as has Western Force flanker Matt Hodgson to replace the injured Wyclif Palu.
Armitage cited for dangerous tackle
England’s Delon Armitage will have a disciplinary hearing on Monday following a citing for a dangerous high tackle.
Armitage will have a disciplinary hearing on Monday, 3 October following a citing by Steve Hinds for a breach of Law 10.4(e) dangerous high tackle on Scotland No.15 (Chris Paterson) during the Rugby World Cup 2011 Pool B match against Scotland on 1 October.
The case will be heard by the Independent Judicial Officer Bruce Squire QC (NZL). The hearing will take place in Auckland on Monday at 13:00.
What are your thoughts on this? Is Armitage facing a ban that could rule him out of the tournament?