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Wales prop Francis cited for this alleged gouge in defeat to England

The Welshman will face a disciplinary hearing later this week.

WALES PROP TOMAS Francis has been cited for allegedly making contact with the eyes or eye area of Dan Cole during yesterday’s 25-21 defeat to England.

The incident took place in the second half of England’s victory and Francis will now face an independent Six Nations disciplinary hearing later this week.

England prop Joe Marler is also being investigated for allegedly calling Welshman Samson Lee “gypsy boy” during what was a heated encounter in Twickenham yesterday, though there has been no confirmation of any citing in relation to that alleged incident.

English flanker James Haskell has received a citing commissioner’s warning for a neck roll in the 16th minute of the second half.

“Tomas Francis, the Wales replacement prop forward, has been cited by the independent Citing Commissioner for allegedly making contact with the eyes or eye area of an opponent (Dan Cole) in the second half of the RBS 6 Nations match between England and Wales at Twickenham on Saturday 12 March 2016. Law 10.4 (m) applies – Acts Contrary to Good Sportsmanship,” said a Six Nations statement this evening.

“The Citing Commissioner has also issued a formal Citing Commissioner Warning to James Haskell, the England back row forward for a dangerous “neck roll” tackle in the 16th minute of the second half of the same match. Law 10.4 (e) applies – Dangerous Tackling.”

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