Wednesday 11 December 2019

Cited Mafi at risk of missing Munster's Euro pool clashes

Hugh Farrelly

MUNSTER could be without Lifeimi Mafi for Saturday's Heineken Cup opener away to London Irish after the centre was yesterday cited for a dangerous tackle on Leinster's Gordon D'Arcy during last Saturday's Magners League clash.

Mafi was deemed lucky to escape a red card for the first-half incident which occurred after 19 minutes of the Lansdowne Road match and he was yellow-carded in the second half for a high tackle on Rob Kearney.

Mafi was cited under rule 10.4 (e) and 10.4 (a) for "an alleged late tackle and allegedly punching or striking" and will appear before an IRFU disciplinary panel in Belfast at 4.0 today and could be ruled out for the early stages of Munster's European campaign if found guilty.

Meanwhile, Paul Pook has stepped down from his position as Ireland's strength and conditioning coach to spend more time with his family.

He will continue to aid the IRFU with advice on player longevity, injury prevention and high performance, while Philip Morrow, the union's head of fitness, will take over as strength and conditioning coach in the short to medium term, including the November internationals.

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