Friday 19 January 2018

Argentina escape citing as gouging claims dismissed

Argentina will not face a citing complaint despite indications that Irish back-row Peter O'Mahony was gouged during Saturday's Test match, WRITES DAVID KELLY.

The player himself expressed surprise at a possible incident and citing officer Yann le Dore has agreed after discovering no evidence of a possible citing complaint during his examination of the match video.

Nigel Owens will referee Leinster's crunch clash against Clermont Auvergne at the Stade Marcel Michelin on Sunday week after ERC confirmed the officials for rounds three and four of the competition.

England's Wayne Barnes, who refereed the absorbing semi-final between the two sides last season, will take charge of the return leg on December 15.

Munster will welcome their old friend Romain Poite to Thomond Park when they host Pool One leaders Saracens in round three, while another French official, Pascal Gauzere, will take charge of the return at Vicarage Road.

Ulster's match at Northampton will have Jerome Garces in charge, with Welshman Owens refereeing the return leg, while England's Greg Garner will officiate Connacht's meeting with Biarritz at the Sportsground before Leighton Hodges rules the return.

Irish Independent

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