Who Has The Most Red Cards At The Rugby World Cup?

You’ve heard a lot of chat about it. People are joking there have been more cards than Christmas at the Rugby World Cup. Players  have been seeing more red than a bull in Pamplona. There have been more slices of cheese than French buffet.

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This competition will smash records for the most cards shown at a single World Cup. But you might be wondering who is leading the way – or perhaps it’s more like plumbing the depths – on the card charts.

So here’s how the lists of red-carded and yellow-carded players break down:

Red Cards

1– Andrea Lovotti (Italy)

1 –Bundee Aki (Ireland)

1 –Ed Fidow (Samoa)

1– Facundo Gattas (Uruguay)

1 – John Quill (USA)

1 – Josh Larsen (Canada)

1 – Sebastien Vahaamahina (France)

1 – Tomas Lavanini (Argentina)

Who Has The Most Red Cards At The Rugby World Cup?

Not so mellow: Ref Angus Gardner shows a yellow to Santiago Civetta (Getty Images)

Yellow cards

2 – TJ Ioane (Samoa)

1 – Adam Coleman (Australia)

1 – Adriaan Booysen (Namibia)

1 – Andrey Ostrikov (Russia)

1 – Bogdan Fedotko (Russia)

1 – Ed Fidow (Samoa)

1 – Isi Naisarani (Australia)

1 – Jaba Bergvadze (Georgia)

1 – James Davies (Wales)

1 – Johan Coetzee (Namibia)

1 – Ken Owens (Wales)

1 –Kirill Gotovtsev (Russia)

1 –Levani Botia (Fiji)

1 –Lukhan Salakaia–Loto (Australia)

1 –Matt Heaton (Canada)

1 – Matt Todd (New Zealand)

1 –Motu Matu’u (Samoa)

1 –Nepo Laulala (New Zealand)

1 – Ofa Tu’ungafasi (New Zealand)

1 –Rey Lee-lo (Samoa)

1 –Santiago Civetta (Uruguay)

As you can see, lots of cards have been dished out – and this is just in the pool stages. It’s all been spread around a bit, but with six in total, Samoa have been the most carded team at this World Cup. So far…

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Talking recently of the standard of refereeing at the Rugby World Cup so far, World Rugby chairman Bill Beaumont said: “I think the refereeing has been good. I think the use of the assistant referee on the sidelines has worked well. So, certainly, we’re pleased.”

He also joked: “Since I’ve been retired, every decision I’ve made on the rugby field has been the right one.”

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