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Three players cited for alleged striking in last weekend's Challenge Cup opening round

European disciplinary officials are set for a busy Wednesday after three players were cited for striking opponents in last weekend’s opening round of the Challenge Cup. 

Edinburgh’s Nick Haining, Cardiff’s Harri Millard and Zebre’s Apisai Tauyavuca all have cases to answer after they were each cited, with Haining’s hearing set to take place in London and the other two held via video conference. 

Haining has been cited for allegedly striking Agen out-half Thomas Vincent with his head in the 33rd minute of last Friday’s encounter at Stade Armandie on Friday.

Simon Thomas (Wales), Mitchell Read (England) and Donal Courtney (Ireland) will hear the complaint made by the match citing commissioner, John Byett (England).

Millard was cited by the match citing commissioner, Mihai Irimia (Romania), for allegedly striking Calvisano full-back Kayle Van Zyl with his foot in the 46th minute of Cardiff’s game in Italy last Saturday. Sam Hillas (England), Courtney (Ireland) and Yannick Jauzion (France) will adjudicate.

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Meanwhile, Zebre’s Tauyavuca will be asked to account for striking Bristol replacement Andy Uren with his leg in the 81st minute of their game in England last Saturday. 

Thomas (Wales), Read (England) and Courtney (Ireland) will hear the complaint made by the match citing commissioner, Ciaran Scally (Ireland).

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Three players cited for alleged striking in last weekend's Challenge Cup opening round