11 Nov 2009

Carter gets one-match ban for high tackle

6:49 am on 11 November 2009

All Blacks first five-eighth Daniel Carter has been given a one-match ban for a high tackle, but will be available for next week's rugby international against England.

He was cited for a dangerous tackle on Wales replacement scrumhalf Martin Roberts late in Saturday's 19-12 victory in Cardiff.

International Rugby Board-appointed judicial officer Jeff Blackett handed down the sentence during a hearing at London's Heathrow airport.

Carter says he was given a fair hearing on his career-first appearance before a rugby judiciary.

He will miss this weekend's test against Italy in Milan, but was likely to have been rested for the match anyway.

Milan's San Siro stadium will be an 80,000 sell-out on Saturday - the biggest crowd for a rugby match in Italy.