Fritz cited for alleged gouging incident


Florian Fritz has been called to appear before a disciplinary hearing on Wednesday amid allegations of eye-gouging during Ireland’s win over France on Saturday. The centre can expect a lengthy ban if he is found guilty.

There were no complaints, publicly at least, from the Irish camp following the 30-21 victory at Croke Park but Fritz has been brought to task by the citing commissioner “for allegedly making contact with the eyes or eyes area of an opponent”.

Reports in France claim the charge surrounds an incident involving Stephen Ferris early in the second half. The Toulouse centre will go before a three-man committee in London on Wednesday.

Earlier today, France coach Marc Lievremont replaced the injured Toulouse forward Benoit Lecouls with Dax prop Renaud Boyoud for their second match against Scotland.

Lecouls picked up a neck injury on Saturday.

"Following discussions between the France medical staff and Toulouse's medical team, it has been decided that Renaud would be taken care of by the Toulouse medical staff," the French federation said in a statement.

France squad

Forwards: Nicolas Mas, Lionel Faure, Renaud Boyoud, Fabien Barcella, Dimitri Szarzewski, Benjamin Kayzer, Sebastien Chabal, Lionel Nallet (captain), Romain Millo-Chluski, Thierry Dusautoir, Fulgence Ouedraogo, Louis Picamoles, Imanol Harinordoquy.

Backs: Sebastien Tillous-Borde, Morgan Parra, Lionel Beauxis, Yannick Jauzion, Benoit Baby, Florian Fritz, Julien Malzieu, Cedric Heymans, Clement Poitrenaud, Maxime Medard.