Cape Town - World Rugby are investigating whether New Zealand had eight players on the field when they scored a post-siren try to snatch a draw with Australia at the Sydney Sevens on Saturday.
According to the Stuff website, video footage appears to show eight Kiwi players on the field in the lead-up to Ardie Savea accepting an inside pass from captain Tim Mikkleson and scoring to level the score at 17-all.Australia are set to play England in the quarter-finals on Sunday, but World Rugby officials may ask for an explaination from the New Zealanders whose schoolboy error could potentially see them lose all points for the match.
With eight players on the field, more than half of the New Zealand side touched the ball in the ensuing play which lead to a try.
New Zealand defeated Canada 27-12 and Portugal 40-5 in their earlier pool matches.
The Blitzboks, who topped their Pool, will face Argentina in the quarters at 03:41 SA time on Sunday.