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Connacht's Kieran Marmion. Picture: David Maher / SPORTSFILE

Connacht's Kieran Marmion. Picture: David Maher / SPORTSFILE

Connacht's Kieran Marmion. Picture: David Maher / SPORTSFILE

THE hearing into the alleged strike by Kieron Marmion on Saracen Neil de Kock will take place in Dublin tomorrow.

The simple fact that his innocence, or otherwise, will not be known until that point makes the Connacht scrum-half extremely unlikely to play for the Irish Wolfhounds against the English Saxons, a match which takes place at Kingsholm on Saturday.

Scottish citing officer Richard McGhee decided to refer the incident for further examination, and it will now be heard by Welshman Roger Morris.

Sanction

A guilty verdict would promote a low-end sanction of four weeks for striking, 10 weeks for the mid-range penalty, anywhere from 16 weeks to two years for a top-end punishment.

This comes as a cruel blow for the uncapped Marmion as there are those who see him as the form scrum-half of the four named in Joe Schmidt's extended Ireland squad.

With Conor Murray clearly the number one choice, Marmion is still set to challenge Leinster pair Eoin Reddan and Isaac Boss for the back-up role in the Six Nations.


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