Tuesday 20 March 2018

Quinlan intervention helps put Wright in clear for final

David Kelly

David Kelly

A letter from Alan Quinlan helped Leinster's Stan Wright evade a ban for punching the Munster flanker that would have ruled him out of the Magners League Grand Final.

Wright was cleared, along with Munster back-row Nick Williams, after yesterday's Belfast hearing into last week's RDS semi-final, a disciplinary process that was subsequently slammed by Munster.

"For some reason best known to themselves," said a statement on Munster's official website, "Celtic Rugby had Williams, team manager Shaun Payne and their legal representative travel to Belfast for a hearing and outcome that lasted less than an hour."

Williams was cited under law 10.4 (B) for an alleged stamp on Leinster player Jonathan Sexton in the 20th minute of the game while the second complaint was against Wright, cited under law 10.4 (A) for an alleged punch on Quinlan in the 25th minute of the game. The hearings took place in the Ulster Branch offices in Ravenhill.

The panel decided that while in both incidents an act of foul play did take place and the citings were justified, each of the incidents did not warrant a red card, so no sanction was imposed.

Munster confirmed the departure yesterday of Williams, Jean de Villiers, Ciaran O'Boyle, Jeremy Manning and Danny Riordan after the squad's final training session in Charleville.

Meanwhile, former Wales Grand Slam-winning coach Mike Ruddock will not now take up a proposed post as head coach with AIB League club Blackrock College.

"I have decided to postpone my intended work option in Dublin and am looking around in Wales and England for other possible options," he said.

Former Irish international scrum-half Conor McPhillips has teamed up with Eric Elwood at Connacht after agreeing to become their video analyst.

Irish Independent

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