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Ireland's Johnny Sexton puts New Zealand on red alert and warns champions against repeat of crude match in 2016 when Robbie Henshaw was knocked out and left the field on a stretcher Ireland take on New Zealand in the Rugby World Cup quarter-finals on Saturday Robbie Henshaw was knocked out in a brutal match when the sides met in 2016 Fly-half Sexton has suggested New Zealand's tactics led to a change in the rules 

By Press Association Reporter

Published: 15:27 BST, 18 October 2019 | Updated: 15:58 BST, 18 October 2019

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Johnny Sexton has warned New Zealand that any repeat of their strong-arm tactics from Dublin in 2016 will lead to red cards in Saturday's World Cup quarter-final.

British and Irish Lions fly-half Sexton believes Sam Cane and Malakai Fekitoa avoiding straight dismissals in New Zealand's 21-9 win in Dublin three years ago sparked the sport's crackdown on high tackles.

Flanker Cane was only penalised for knocking out Robbie Henshaw with a head-high shot at a ruck, while centre Fekitoa was merely sin-binned for a crude high tackle on Simon Zebo.

Johnny Sexton has predicted New Zealand will be clean in their Rugby World Cup quarter-final

Johnny Sexton has predicted New Zealand will be clean in their Rugby World Cup

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