Saturday 24 August 2019

Conway cleared for Springboks clash

Munster's Andrew Conway. Photo: Sportsfile
Munster's Andrew Conway. Photo: Sportsfile
Ruaidhri O'Connor

Ruaidhri O'Connor

Ireland back Andrew Conway is available to face South Africa next week having escaping a lengthy ban after being sent off in Munster's defeat to Connacht on Friday.

The 26-year-old has been hit with a one-week suspension that rules him out of Munster's meeting with Dragons at Irish Independent Park on Friday night, but is free to take a full part in the November internationals if selected.

Conway was shown a red card by referee Nigel Owens after an hour of last Friday's inter-provincial derby after a high, late challenge that saw his elbow come into contact with Jack Carty's head.

He appeared before a three-man disciplinary panel via video - link yesterday and was found to have committed an offence on the lower end of the scale, resulting in a one-week ban.

The panel found the incident was influenced by the role of Peter O'Mahony who also connected with Carty and settled on a two-week ban.

That was subsequently reduced to one as a result of Conway's prior good behaviour, freeing him to feature against the Springboks.

After Simon Zebo was not selected in the Ireland squad, Conway is in line for a place in the match-day 23 for the November opener against South Africa next Saturday.

He fought his way into the Ireland reckoning last season, coming off the bench for his debut against England in the Six Nations and playing in both Tests against Japan last summer.

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