CONOR MURRAY will be available to play in the November internationals after he avoided a suspension at a RaboDirect Pro12 hearing in Cardiff today.
The three-man disciplinary panel did find that foul play had occurred during the 60th minute altercation between the Munster scrum-half and Glasgow Warriors’ Niko Matawalu last Friday night, but decided that the incident did not merit a red card.
It means that the Lions star will be free to play against Samoa on Saturday week and will be a source of relief to Ireland coach Joe Schmidt who has been sweating on the fitness of a number of key players ahead of his first game in charge of Ireland.
Murray had been cited under law 10.4 (a) with regard to striking with the arm when he lashed out at the Fijian replacement on the ground.
The committee, chaired by Roger Morris (Wales) alongside Rhian Williams (Wales) and Marco Cordelli (Italy) will now hear Matawalu’s own case for his own citing for an alleged bite on Donncha O’Callaghan later in the same game.
Murray can now return to Ireland’s next scheduled training session tomorrow with a weight off his shoulders and continue preparations for the tough autumn schedule at Carton House.
Glasgow Warriors' Fijian scrum-half Niko Matawalu, who was cited for biting in the same game, was also cleared by a disciplinary committee of the Rabodirect Pro12 this evening in Cardiff.