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Marmion and White cited for incidents during Connacht's defeat to Saracens

Meanwhile, Edinburgh’s Cornell du Preez will also appear before a judicial officer after his yellow card against Munster.

Marmion in action against Saracens on Saturday.
Marmion in action against Saracens on Saturday.
Image: ©INPHO/James Crombie

KIERAN MARMION AND Nathan White have both been cited for alleged incidents during Connacht’s 64-6 loss to Saracens on Saturday.

Edinburgh back row Cornell du Preez will also face a disciplinary hearing following his yellow card against Munster yesterday.

21-year-old Marmion will appear before an independent judicial officer over the alleged striking of Sarries’ Neil de Kock during the second half of the Pool 3 clash at Allianz Park. His citing comes under IRB law 10.4(a), which reads as follows:

10.4(a) Punching or striking. A player must not strike an opponent with the fist or arm, including the elbow, shoulder, head or knee(s).”

Bans for such offences range from an entry point of four weeks, with 10 weeks the mid-range and 16 to 104 weeks for top end offences. Marmion was expected to play for the Ireland Wolfhounds this weekend, so will be extremely hopeful that nothing comes of this citing.

White has been called before the judicial officer for having “allegedly stamped or trampled on” Brad Barritt, an offence for which he was sin binned by referee Leighton Hodges during the game [below]. That incident falls under IRB law 10.4(b), which carries a low end ban of 2 weeks, but ranges all the way up to 52 weeks for top end offences.

Both Connacht players’ hearings take place in Dublin on Thursday [23rd January].


Du Preez has been cited for having “struck” Paul O’Connell in the first half of the clash with Munster yesterday, an incident which saw him sent to the sin bin by referee Wayne Barnes. The South African flanker’s hearing will examine the alleged offence under the same rule as Marmion’s, 10.4(a).

Roger Morris of Wales will be the the independent judicial officer for both Marmion and White’s hearing, while England’s Jeremy Summers will take charge of du Preez’s hearing.

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