Josh Larsen shows touch of class and apologises to South Africa following red card

South Africa v Canada - Rugby World Cup 2019: Group B

Yesterday, South Africa recorded an impressive 66-7 victory over Canada at the Rugby World Cup as they head to the top of Pool B.

However, a major talking point from the Springboks' win was Canadian forward Josh Larsen's sending-off. 

During a ruck, Larsen completed an illegal charge from the side and made contact with the South African prop Thomas du Toit's head via the shoulder.

The decision went to TMO and the referee made the correct call by showing Larsen a straight red. 

There's been plenty of controversy with regards to high tackles at this year's World Cup, and due to incidents that have happened in previous matches, the referee simply had no choice.

However, Larsen demonstrated a touch of class after the full-time whistle had blown as he decided to go into the Springboks' changing room following the game and apologise to the South African team.

In a video that has since gone viral, he can be heard saying: "Hey fellas. I just wanted to come in and apologise for my red card tonight. I'm pretty gutted about it but yeah, I just wanted to come in here and apologise face-to-face and I wish you the best for the rest of the tournament."

Larsen's apology was met with appreciation by the South African players, with two players shaking the Canadian's hand on the video.

Furthermore, the Springboks changing room burst into song, possibly to demonstrate that there were no hard feelings between the player and the South African side.

However, aside from Larsen's red card, Canada have plenty more to worry about. The 2019 Rugby World Cup has been a tournament to forget for the North American side, as they've yet to record a win and suffered defeat on all three occasions. 

Furthermore, Canada have accumulated a points difference of minus 163, which is the worst of the tournament whilst only recording 14 points. 

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