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Thursday 22 February 2018

Ireland confident of Murray's innocence

Conor Murray can play in November internationals
Conor Murray can play in November internationals

IRELAND are confident that Conor Murray will be completely exonerated from any wrong-doing at tomorrow's citing hearing.

The Munster scrum-half was cited following the game with Glasgow Warriors last weekend for allegedly "striking with the elbow" and will travel to Wales tomorrow for the hearing when, Ireland team manager Mick Kearney believes, the charge will be dismissed.

"We've looked at the incident and to our eyes it is innocuous. Conor will travel to Cardiff on Wednesday for the hearing but we're hopeful of a positive outcome," said Kearney.

It has emerged that the incident involving Murray is not the one referred to in the statement issued by Glasgow Warriors on Saturday evening, where they accused an unnamed Munster player of a "dangerous act of foul play" involving Niko Matawalu.

That incident was looked into by citing commissioner Rob Flockhart but no evidence of foul play was seen.

However, Flockhart deemed the 60th-minute altercation between the Fijian and Murray as worthy of a hearing.

Matawalu was also cited for allegedly biting Donncha O'Callaghan on the forearm and he will also go before a three-man committee made up of Italian and Welsh lawyers with a rugby background tomorrow.

Irish Independent

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