Cian Healy Set For Further Punishment Following Reckless Shoulder In Exeter Game

This was always going to happen.

Cian Healy faces a ban after being cited for a reckless shoulder on Exeter Chiefs hooker, Luke Cowan-Dickie during their Champions Cup pool clash at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday.

The Leinster prop was given a yellow card on the day for the offence, but many believe the loosehead should have seen red on the day, given how dangerous it was.

An EPCR statement read:

EPCR has received a citing complaint against the Leinster Rugby prop, Cian Healy (No 1), following his club’s Champions Cup, Round 4 match against Exeter Chiefs at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday, 16 December 2017.

Healy, who was shown a yellow card following the incident by match referee, Pascal Gauzère (France), is alleged to have charged into a ruck and to have struck the head of the Exeter Chiefs hooker, Luke Cowan-Dickie (No 2), with his forearm in the 17th minute of the match in contravention of Law 10.4 (h).

The complaint was made by the match Citing Commissioner, Patrice Frantschi (France).

Gareth Graham (England), Chairman, Rod McKenzie (Scotland) and Leon Lloyd (England) have been appointed as the independent Disciplinary Committee for the hearing which will take place in London tomorrow (Wednesday, 20 December).

Law 10.4 (h) Charging into a ruck or maul
Under World Rugby’s Sanctions for Foul Play, Law 10.4 (h) carries the following sanction entry points – Low End: 2 weeks; Mid-range: 6 weeks; Top end: 10 to 52 weeks.

Here’s the incident in question:

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