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Warburton to face hearing

Wales captain Sam Warburton will face a World Cup disciplinary hearing after being sent off against semi-final opponents France.

Warburton was dismissed in the 18th minute at Eden Park by Irish referee Alain Rolland following a dangerous tip tackle on France wing Vincent Clerc.

He became the first Wales player red-carded in a Test match since 1995. And Warburton must now wait to discover if he will be available for next Friday's third place play-off game when Wales will face Australia or New Zealand.

Warburton's case will be heard in Auckland by independent judicial officer, England's Christopher Quinlan QC. The hearing is set to start at 0430 BST on Sunday.

Wales lost the semi-final 9-8, but played for more than hour with 14 men and scored the game's only try through scrum-half Mike Phillips.

Shaun Edwards revealed the pain of the loss was eased by the pride he feels towards a young squad who were a credit to their country and a credit to their sport.

Edwards said immediately after the match that it was a "travesty" that France and not Wales would be playing in Sunday's World Cup final. Those raw emotions remained but they were soothed by a growing sense of pride in what Wales have achieved and what they stand for.

"I feel empty," said Edwards. "I just think there's a sense of disappointment that a team who have acquitted themselves so well and want to entertain fans and want to play rugby, are not in the sport's premier blue riband event.

"It is very tempting for me to come out with loud statements but it is more important I keep my dignity in what is quite a trying time.

"You take comfort from the fact that the men you are involved with are an incredibly courageous, incredibly dedicated group who have come to the premier event and acquitted themselves in such a magnificent manner.


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