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Sonny Bill Williams becomes first All Black sent off for 50 YEARS after shoulder charge on Lions' Anthony Watson

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Sonny Bill Williams became incredibly the first New Zealand rugby player to be sent off since 1967 during Saturday's second Test against the Lions.

The former rugby league star was shown a red card after his shoulder charge on England winger Anthony Watson.

Referee Jerome Garces, after being alerted to the incident by TMO George Ayoub, believed he had no option but to send off the centre after viewing the TV replays.

The red card is the first for an All Blacks player in a Test match in 50 years.

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It is also only the third All Black send off ever and the first in New Zealand as the world champions fell to their first home defeat since South Africa beat them in 2009.

The last time a player from the rugby-mad nation was Colin Meads.

The renowned fierce 6ft 4in lock, nicknamed Pine Tree, was named the country's player of the century at the 1999 NZRFU Awards.

But his moment of disgrace came when he kicked Scotland player David Chisholm when he was on the ground at Murrayfield.

Then referee Kevin Kelleher pointed to the sideline, given red cards weren't yet part of the game.

The Lions went into the second Test in Wellington needed a win and started brightly as Owen Farrell cancelled out Beauden Barrett's penalty.

The pair exchanged kicks again before the break with little between the two sides.


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