June 2, 2018 / 6:18 AM / 4 months ago

Rugby-Shoulder charge puts Squire in doubt for France opener

WELLINGTON, June 2 (Reuters) - New Zealand loose forward Liam Squire is in danger of missing next week’s June series opener against France after being cited for dangerous play in Super Rugby.

The Otago Highlanders flanker faces a ban after being adjudged to have committed a foul worthy of a red card when he led with his shoulder in a clear-out of Wellington Hurricanes scrumhalf TJ Perenara on Friday night.

Squire was in the frame to replace injured captain Kieran Read at the back of the All Blacks scrum in the first of three tests against the tourists at Eden Park next Saturday.

The 15-cap forward also spent 10 minutes in the sin-bin later in Friday’s victory in Dunedin for aiming a swinging arm at Hurricanes winger Julian Savea during a scuffle. (Reporting by Nick Mulvenney in Sydney; Editing by Sudipto Ganguly)

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