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Distraught Wales captain Sam Warburton reacts after receiving a straight red card for a dengerous tackle on Vincent Clerc of France during semi final one of the 2011 IRB Rugby World Cup between Wales and France at Eden Park on October 15, 2011 in Auckland, New Zealand.

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