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France 9-8 Wales, Rugby World Cup, October 15, 2011
Warburton to face disciplinary hearing
ESPNscrum Staff
October 15, 2011
Wales captain Sam Warburton leaves the field after his red card, France v Wales, Rugby World Cup, Eden Park, Auckland, New Zealand, October 15, 2011
Sam Warburton leaves the field of player after his dismissal against France © Getty Images
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Wales captain Sam Warburton will find out on Sunday if he will be able to lead his side in next week's Rugby World Cup third place play-off.

The Cardiff Blues openside flanker was shown a straight red card for a tip tackle on Vincent Clerc just 18 minutes into in his country's 9-8 semi-final defeat by France in Auckland on Saturday.

The dismissal has been the subject of much debate and Warburton will get the chance to defend his actions when he appears before a disciplinary panel in Auckland on Sunday at 04:30 BST.

Any suspension would most likely deprive Wales of their skipper for Friday's clash with the loser of the tournament's second semi-final between New Zealand and Australia.

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