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Rugby star D'Arcy to answer speeding charge

RUGBY international Gordon D'Arcy will have to turn up in court next week to answer a speeding summons after training kept him away yesterday.

The rugby star – who is struggling to make it onto the Ireland bench for Sunday's game against New Zealand – has been called to appear before a judge next Wednesday.

D'Arcy (33), with an address at South Hill, Dartry, in Dublin 6, did not appear in person at Tullamore District Court yesterday morning, and Judge Denis McLoughlin said he wouldn't deal with the case in the Ireland centre's absence.

Solicitor Donal Farrelly said D'Arcy intended to be present but is training with the Irish squad at Carton House in Maynooth.

He indicated that D'Arcy was holding up his hands to the offence and asked the judge to consider accepting a donation to charity from D'Arcy.

He said this is sometimes the practice of Tullamore's regular sitting judge, Catherine Staines, when speeding drivers appear before her.

However, Judge McLoughlin said he would not deal with the summons in D'Arcy's absence and adjourned the case to November 27.

His offer of a donation will be considered by the judge then.

The summons was for breaking the 80kmh speed limit at Shanderry, Portarlington, on April 27 this year, but exact details of the incident won't be heard until he appears in court to answer the charge in Tullamore District Court next week.


The adjournment comes as D'Arcy vies for a place on the Irish team for this weekend's game against the All Blacks.

He missed out on his 75th cap last weekend when Luke Marshall was chosen ahead of him for the game against the Wallabies, following what head coach Joe Schmidt called an "out of sorts" performance by the Wexford native against Samoa the week before.

Ireland coach Schmidt has come in for some criticism following the team's displays against Samoa and then Australia last Saturday.

Going into the Australia game, Ireland had reason to be confident but that belief was shattered as the Wallabies ran in four tries against a very loose Irish defence.

If the New Zealanders win or draw, on Sunday they will be the first team ever in the professional era to go undefeated for an entire calendar year.