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Willie le Roux has been cited for his challenge on Tiernan O'Halloran

The Springboks fullback faces a disciplinary hearing.

WILLIE LE ROUX has been cited for his aerial challenge on Tiernan O’Halloran in the first half of Ireland’s third Test defeat to South Africa.

Le Roux was yellow carded for the incident in the Springboks’ 19-13 victory but many viewed the decision of referee Glen Jackson and TMO Rowan Kitt as lenient.


Having reviewed the game, citing commissioner James Absaloms of Kenya deemed le Roux’s actions as worthy of further examination and cited the player under law 10.4 (i), tackling a player in the air.

Terry Willis, who oversaw the CJ Stander case after the first Test, will be the judicial officer for the hearing at the Southern Sun Garden Court hotel in Port Elizabeth.

A statement from the South African Rugby Union this evening reads:

Springbok fullback Willie le Roux was cited for allegedly breaching Law 10.4 (i), tackling a player in the air, during the test match between South Africa and Ireland in Port Elizabeth on Saturday.

“Le Roux was cited by commissioner James Absaloms of Kenya for making contact with Ireland fullback Tiernan O’Halloran in the 11th minute of the match as they both leapt in the air for a high ball, causing the Irish player to somersault and land heavily on his upper body and head. Le Roux was given a temporary suspension (yellow card) for the offence by referee Glen Jackson. South Africa won the Test 19-13.

“The hearing will take place at the Southern Sun Garden Court hotel in Port Elizabeth and be heard by Judicial Officer, Terry Willis, of Australia.”

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