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Watch: Citing Decision On Michael Hooper Hit May Be Bad News For Ireland

Watch: Citing Decision On Michael Hooper Hit May Be Bad News For Ireland

Ireland fans may have taken great delight in Australia's defeat of England on Saturday night but that victory has not been completely blemish free.

World Rugby have confirmed that Michael Hooper has been cited for the ruck clear out that saw him clatter Mike Brown just before half-time on Saturday.

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Citing commissioner Steve Hinds has stated that the Wallabies flanker is being reported for 'charging into a ruck or maul without use of the arms or grasping the player'. Hooper wasn't shown a yellow card at the time but, if his disciplinary hearing on Tuesday raises the possibility of serious action, then Ireland will certainly sit up and take notice.

The Hooper tackle was very similar to the incident which saw Peter O'Mahony sit out the final ten minutes of Ireland's win over Italy on Sunday. The difference between the two incidents was that the Munster man was promptly shown a yellow card and, speaking after the win, Joe Schmidt was dismissive of the possibility that any further action could be taken saying he'd 'be stunned'.

While it does seem unlikely to be anymore than a yellow card offence, there is nonetheless the worry that the spotlight being shone on Hooper could also be put on O'Mahony.

Gary Reilly

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