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Bath, Sale and Pau players cited, two for alleged eye contact

By Liam Heagney
(Photo by Marc Atkins/Getty Images)

Three players have been cited following last weekend’s opening round of European action in the Champions and Challenge Cup tournaments, two following complaints about alleged contact with the eye of an opposing player. Will Muir of Bath and Daniel Ramsay of Pau have both been accused of interfering with the eye area while Sale’s Nick Schonert must answer a case against him about dangerously entering a maul in Swansea. All three hearings will take place virtually on Wednesday.  

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As EPCR statement outlined the citing complaints against all three players read: “Muir is alleged to have made contact with the eye of Leinster flanker Josh van der Flier in the 14th minute of the Champions Cup match last Saturday in contravention of law 9.12.

“Philippe Cavalieros (France) chair, Val Toma (Romania) and Chris Watts (Wales) have been appointed as the independent disciplinary committee for the hearing which will take place by video conference on Wednesday. The complaint was made by match citing commissioner Jeff Mark (Wales).

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“Schonert is alleged to have entered a maul dangerously making contact with Ospreys prop Gareth Thomas above the line of the shoulder in the 38th minute of the Champions Cup match on Sunday in contravention of law 9.20 (b).

“Owain Rhys James (Wales) chair, Rod McKenzie (Scotland) and Tony Wheat (England) have been appointed as the independent disciplinary committee for the hearing. The complaint was made by match citing commissioner John Montgomery (Scotland).

“Ramsay is alleged to have made contact with the eye of the London Irish second row (No 5) in the 44th minute of last Saturday’s Challenge Cup match in contravention of law 9.12. Pat Barriscale (Ireland) chair, Marcello d’Orey (Portugal) and David Humphreys (Ireland) have been appointed as the independent disciplinary committee for the hearing. The complaint was made by match citing commissioner Gary Gordon (Scotland).”

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Shaylen 1 hours ago
Jack Willis' Champions Cup masterclass proves English eligibility rules need a rethink

If France, Wales, England, Scotland and Ireland got together and all changed their eligibility laws in the same way SA has it would be absolutely bonkers. All players from all nations involved in Europe would be fair game as would their coaches. The investment in rugby would be supercharged as teams would rush to create dream teams. Transfer markets would be super charged, salary caps may change, private investment would grow as rich backers first buy clubs and then put money into their clubs in an effort to land the best players. The richest clubs and franchises would benefit most but money and players would move across borders at a steady flow. Suddenly countries like Wales and Scotland would have a much larger pool of players to select from who would be developed and improved in systems belonging to their rivals within superstar squads while their clubs receive large sums in the transfer market. The Six Nations would experience a big boost as the best players become available all the time. The Champions cup would become even more fiercely contested as the dream teams clash. Fan engagement would grow as fans would follow their favourite players creating interest in the game across the continent. Transfer markets and windows would become interesting events in themselves, speculation would drive it and rumours of big transfers and interest in players would spread. All of this is speculation and much of it would not eventuate straight away but just like in football the spread of players and talent would create these conditions over time. The transfer markets in European football is proof of this. Football had the same club vs country debate eons ago and favoured an open system. This has made it the largest game in the world with global interest and big money. Rugby needs to embrace this approach in the long run as well

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Jon 7 hours ago
Waratahs 'counter-culture' limits Wallaby options for Joe Schmidt

This is a bit dramatic for me, I think the Rebels and Force cultures would be very strong, and if a player is chosen from either, you can be confident they are in a good head space and ready. Whether they quite have the technical or tactical foundations of the other two states is where one would way their risk of selection. I see no need for Schmidt to worry about that risk in this squad. The main reason I could see a predominance of players from Brumbies and Reds, is simple cohesion. What might the coaching group make of what’s lacking in the Tahs, and to a lesser extent Rebels and Force’s, franchise? Certainly sides (players) that are running irish plays like we saw from that lovely McDermott long ball with have a head start. I hope the players can continue it at International level. Really liked what I saw of Wright (don’t know player focus and just hadn’t seen a lot of him anyway) in that game, can see him being a glue in a Wallaby side too. A with the similar worry of selecting players like Ryan, I think it unfounded to worry so much about forward balance at the moment. Including both Wright and Skelton in the same lineout is not going to lose you games gainst Wales. Nor will any unknown weakenss Wales might find in Ryan be exploited to any great extent. It is the perfect time to introduce such a young player. What other shortcuts might Schmidt want to make now, just a year out from hosting BIL? When Gamble came on the scene I thought he had a Pocock ability to break game apart along with performing the role of a openside well. I would be very keen to drop Leota/Hooper for Gamble, and in your squad make up, include Uru as a lock. Did you forget to remove Vunivalu from your team? Would you have Meafou in your squad if you could?

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