British and Irish Lions tour: Cian Healy cited for 'alleged bite'

Last Updated: 06/06/13 10:32am

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Cian Healy: Lions prop cited after win over Western Force

Cian Healy: Lions prop cited after win over Western Force

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British and Irish Lions prop Cian Healy has been cited for an alleged bite during the 69-17 victory over Western Force.

The Ireland forward clashed with Force scrum-half Brett Sheehan in the 17th minute of the game in Perth and Sheehan gave a statement to citing commissioner Freek Burger after the game.

Video replays at the time were inconclusive but a disciplinary hearing will be held on Friday.

Healy injury concern

Previous sanctions for biting have been heavy, but Healy could be facing a spell on the sidelines anyway after being carried off with suspected ankle ligament damage before the interval and being sent to hospital for X-rays.

Alex Corbisiero, currently in Argentina with England, has been summoned by the Lions management to join the playing party as cover and head coach Warren Gatland said after the game: "I think the citing guy has had a look at it and he can't find anything."

Sheehan was also interviewed pitchside and said: "Don't know if it was an accident or on purpose but unfortunately he's injured now so we'll see."

Statement

The ARU said, in a statement: "British and Irish Lions prop, Cian Healy, has been cited for acts contrary to good sportsmanship against Emirates Western Force scrum-half, Brett Sheehan, in the opening match of the DHL Australia 2013 Lions Tour.

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"Healy has been cited under Law 10.4.m Acts contrary to good sportsmanship, a player may not bite an opponent. The incident occurred in the 17th minute.

"Healy will now appear at a judicial hearing tomorrow, Thursday June 6, at the Sofitel Hotel in Brisbane."

The Lions face the Queensland Reds in Brisbane on Saturday.

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