(CNN)USA flanker John Quill is flying home from the Rugby World Cup in Japan following a dangerous tackle that saw him become the first player of the tournament to be red carded.
“Quill will fly home and miss the remainder of #RWC2019 pool play,” said the USA Rugby team on its Twitter feed.
DISCIPLINARY | @WorldRugby has confirmed a 3-week suspension for John Quill following a red card in #ENGvUSA.Quill will fly home and miss the remainder of #RWC2019 pool play. MORE » https://t.co/GU2Begf8b8 pic.twitter.com/BU7XeWuea4
— USA Rugby (@USARugby) September 27, 2019 Quill’s shoulder charge to the head of England’s Owen Farrell resulted in the American being dismissed midway through the second half of Thursday’s game, which the USA lost 45-7.The 29-year-old faced a disciplinary panel on Friday and admitted that he had committed foul play. An initial six-week suspension was reduced to three after Quill’s “good character and conduct at the hearing” was taken into account, according to World Rugby. The decision means Quill misses the remainder of USA’s pool games and will now return to the US. John Quill reacts after being sent off for a high tackle on Owen Farrell.Read MoreREAD: South African chases Guinness World Record at Rugby World CupREAD: USA suffers heavy defeat to EnglandQuill is the third player to be handed a three-week ban for a dangerous tackle at this year’s Rugby World Cup after Australia’s Reece Hodge and Samoa’s Rey Lee-Lo were given similar punishments.
England cruised to a 45-7 victory over the USA to maintain its 100% start at the #RWC2019 in a game that was marred by a horrible tackle on Owen Farrell from USA's John Quill, resulting in the tournament's first red card #ENGvUSA 👉 https://t.co/PVFoJoAUYd pic.twitter.com/FVG89jXCOJ
— CNN Sport (@cnnsport) September 26, 2019 England’s Piers Francis and Samoa’s Motu Matu’u also face hearings and could be handed similar bans.Reckless, head-high tackles have been a topic of hot discussion at the tournament so far, which is only a week old. Of the five players cited, only Quill was sent off; Lee-Lo and Matu’u received yellow cards, while Hodge and Francis escaped on-field punishment. Earlier this week World Rugby issued a statement calling for the standard of refereeing in the tournament to be improved. Quill is the first American to be red carded at a Rugby World Cup and the 18th player in the tournament’s history.