Monday 20 May 2019

Toulouse second row Tekori could still be suspended for Leinster semi-final despite confusion over availability

Garry Ringrose of Leinster is tackled by Julien Marchand, left, and Joe Tekori of Toulouse during the Heineken Champions Cup Pool 1 Round 5 match between Leinster and Toulouse at the RDS Arena in Dublin. Photo by Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile
Garry Ringrose of Leinster is tackled by Julien Marchand, left, and Joe Tekori of Toulouse during the Heineken Champions Cup Pool 1 Round 5 match between Leinster and Toulouse at the RDS Arena in Dublin. Photo by Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile
Ruaidhri O'Connor

Ruaidhri O'Connor

TOULOUSE could yet be without powerful lock Joe Tekori for Sunday’s Heineken Champions Cup semi-final against Leinster.

Tournament organisers EPCR are seeking clarification from World Rugby and Ligue Nationale de Rugby (LNR) regarding the Samoan’s availability after he was cited yesterday, but had his hearing scheduled for Wednesday, April 23 – three days after the Leinster match.

The citing arises as a result of his ferocious high tackle on Clermont hooker Yohan Behergaray that saw him receive a yellow card and concede a penalty try in last weekend’s Top 14 clash.

The Clermont player has been ruled out for four weeks as a result of his concussion and also suffered arm injuries from the incident.

According to the Ligue Nationale de Rugby statement, he is free to play, but Independent.ie understands that, under the World Rugby regulations which EPCR operate under, a player is automatically suspended if he or she is red carded or cited pending their hearing.

If available, Tekori would likely play a key role for the four time champions as they look to reach the Champions Cup final for the first time since they last won the tournament in 2010.

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