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Sam Warburton: 'No malice intended'

Sam Warburton: 'No malice intended'
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Sam Warburton insists that there was "no malicious intent" in the challenge that saw him red carded against France earlier today.

Wales captain Sam Warburton has insisted that there was "no malicious intent" in the tackle that saw him sent off during this morning's World Cup semi-final defeat to France this morning.

Irish referee Alain Rolland dismissed the 22-year-old flanker for a dangerous tackle on winger Vincent Clerc in the 18th minute.

"I'm obviously gutted, but there was no malicious intent," said Warburton.

"I felt like as soon as it hit him his bodyweight took control of what happened.

"I thought it was a normal tackle, next thing I was walking off into the stands."

Warburton is now expected to miss Wales's match against either Australia or New Zealand next weekend.

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