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All Black lock cited for stamp on Lewsey

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The 22-year-old Blues player will appear at a hearing at 20.00 GMT on Saturday (09.00 Sunday morning in New Zealand) after the incident at a ruck in the second half of a fiery match.

Williams was cited after a stamp on the head of Lewsey, which was caught by the TV cameras, but not by Australian referee Stuart Dickinson or Irish touch judge Alan Lewis, who was in close attendance, and awarded a penalty against England at the same ruck.

Should All Black Williams be served with a ban, he would miss his country's match against Wales in Hamilton next weekend, with the Test against France the week after also being a possibile miss.

A potential beneficiary from any suspension may be the Crusaders' former Rugby League man Brad Thorn, who sat on the bench against England but was not brought on to the field of play.

England fell foul of Dickinson during the match, with back rowers Neil Back and Lawrence Dallaglio both being sin-binned in the early stages of the second half for killing the ball at the ruck.


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