Breaking: Update On Sean O’Brien Getting Cited Or Not

Jason Hennessy

Jason Hennessy

Jason is the editor here at RugbyLAD and a proud Limerick man.
Jason Hennessy


News has just broke on the Sean O’Brien situation.

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Unfortunately he looks set to join Paul O’Connell, Peter O’Mahony, Jared Payne and, potentially, Jonathan Sexton on the sidelines for Ireland’s World Cup quarter-final against Argentina this weekend in Cardiff.

The widely feared citing for the Leinster man has come to pass after O’Brien was caught by television cameras appearing to punch French second row Pascal Pape in the stomach in the early stages of Ireland’s 24-9 victory over the French.

The entry point of punishment for ‘striking with a hand, arm or fist’ at the lower end of the scale is a two-week ban, which would mean O’Brien would miss the quarter-final and potential semi-final, but disciplinary officials can alter the length of the ban depending on O’Brien’s past record, the severity of the incident and the player’s contrition.

His hearing will take place on Tuesday, and while he would be able to appeal any punishment he would be unable to play until that appeal was heard.