Thursday 17 August 2017

Leinster to defend Hayden Triggs in eye probe

Leinster's Hayden Triggs
Leinster's Hayden Triggs
David Kelly

David Kelly

Leinster could lose lock Hayden Triggs for their prospective Champions Cup quarter-final and potentially the rest of the tournament after he was cited for alleged contact with the eye area of Montpellier scrum-half Nic White.

As the fallout from last Friday's stormy RDS clash against the French side continues, the Kiwi second-row was cited by Italian Stefano Marrama (Italy) after reviewing a 44th-minute flare-up during the 57-3 win.

A 12-week ban is the low-end entry point for players found guilty of making contact with the eye area, rising to the mid-range of 18 weeks and 24 weeks to four years for the most serious offenders.

Given World Rugby's belated clampdown on dangerous play, Champions Cup organisers may be under pressure to dole out a serious punishment unless Leinster can mount a vigorous defence of their player.

Today's hearing in Paris will be chaired by England's Antony Davies alongside Julien Berenger (France) and Pamela Woodman.

That trio will also adjudicate upon Montpellier's Frans Steyn after he was red-carded for a swinging high tackle on Johnny Sexton in the first half of that game.

Connacht's search for a successor to Pat Lam will continue without two of the fancied contenders following confirmation that former All Blacks Tony Brown and Jono Gibbes are not in the running to take over at the Sportsground.

Former New Zealand out-half Tony Brown emerged as a favourite over the weekend but he has since dismissed the move.

"That's the first I've heard about it. I am contracted to Japan until after the World Cup in 2019," said 41-year-old Brown, who is set to link up with new Japan coach Jamie Joseph.

An indirect approach was made to Gibbes to check out his level of interest but the former Leinster forwards coach made it clear he would not be in the running.

Irish Independent

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