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Afoa may miss semi after Munster citing

ULSTER'S John Afoa has been cited for an alleged dangerous tackle that could rule him out of the Heineken Cup semi-final against Edinburgh.

The cornerstone of Ulster's pack is alleged to have executed a dangerous tackle on Munster full-back Felix Jones during the second half of the Heineken Cup quarter-final at Thomond Park.

The tight-head has made an immeasurable impact for the northern province since his post-World Cup transfer from the Auckland Blues.

He has shown a fine blend of power and technique in the scrum, superb handling skills in open play and a savage appetite for work at the breakdown.

The lowest sanction for a guilty verdict, as such, is three weeks.

That would put him outside the time limit to take his place for the tie against Edinburgh at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday, April 28.

The complaint was made by citing commissioner Peter Larter (England).

Jean-Nöel Couraud (France) has been appointed as the independent judicial officer to hear the complaint at the hearing in Dublin tomorrow.

The citing has been ordered for an act in contravention of law 10.4 (j), which states it is against the rules of the game to be seen "lifting a player from the ground and either dropping or driving that player's head and/or upper body into the ground whilst the player's feet are off the ground".


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