Sean O’Brien cited for foul play ahead of RWC quarter-final

His hearing will be held on Tuesday - Ireland play Argentina in Cardiff on Sunday

Sean O’Brien has been cited for ‘foul play’ against France last weekend. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Sean O’Brien has been cited for ‘foul play’ against France last weekend. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

 

Ireland flanker Sean O’Brien and Argentina centre Marcelo Bosch have been cited for foul play ahead of their World Cup quarter-final meeting, tournament organisers said on Monday.

O’Brien punched France lock Pascal Pape early in their Pool D match in Cardiff on Sunday and Bosch was cited for a dangerous tackle during the Pool C match against Namibia.

Both hearings will be held on Tuesday. Ireland play Argentina in Cardiff on Sunday.

The potential loss of O’Brien is a serious problem for Ireland whose flanker Peter O’Mahony was ruled out of the rest of the tournament through injury on Monday.

Second Captains

Earlier, Scotland forwards Ross Ford and Jonny Gray were cited for alleged foul play during Saturday’s 36-33 victory over Samoa that sent them into the quarter-finals.

Scotland face Australia in the last eight at Twickenham on Sunday.

Australia forward David Pocock received a warning for an incident with Wales hooker Scott Baldwin in Saturday’s Pool A decider. A warning brings the same punishment as a yellow card.

France coach Philippe Saint-Andre has branded O’Brien’s clash with Pape an “assault”, but Irish head coach Joe Schmidt claimed his back-rower had connected with an “open hand”.

Ireland’s chances of beating the ebullient Pumas would be sorely tested should Schmidt’s men be forced to cope without O’Brien, as well as O’Mahony and their injured captain Paul O’Connell.

Ireland are yet to name a replacement for centre Jared Payne, but started their cavalry call by adding 24-year-old Rhys Ruddock to their ranks to offset the loss of O’Mahony.

Andrew Trimble is in the frame to slot in for Payne, ruled out with a fractured foot, while Dan Tuohy could be lined up to slot in for O’Connell.

The Irish Times Logo
Commenting on The Irish Times has changed. To comment you must now be an Irish Times subscriber.
SUBSCRIBE
GO BACK
Error Image
The account details entered are not currently associated with an Irish Times subscription. Please subscribe to sign in to comment.
Comment Sign In

Forgot password?
The Irish Times Logo
Thank you
You should receive instructions for resetting your password. When you have reset your password, you can Sign In.
The Irish Times Logo
Please choose a screen name. This name will appear beside any comments you post. Your screen name should follow the standards set out in our community standards.
Screen Name Selection

Hello

Please choose a screen name. This name will appear beside any comments you post. Your screen name should follow the standards set out in our community standards.

The Irish Times Logo
Commenting on The Irish Times has changed. To comment you must now be an Irish Times subscriber.
SUBSCRIBE
Forgot Password
Please enter your email address so we can send you a link to reset your password.

Sign In

Your Comments
We reserve the right to remove any content at any time from this Community, including without limitation if it violates the Community Standards. We ask that you report content that you in good faith believe violates the above rules by clicking the Flag link next to the offending comment or by filling out this form. New comments are only accepted for 3 days from the date of publication.