BOD to learn fate for stamping incident today

Brian O’Driscoll’s citing hearing for stamping on Italy’s Simone Favaro will be heard in London this morning.

O’Driscoll was cited following the incident in Ireland’s 22-15 defeat in Rome on Saturday.

The independent Six Nations disciplinary committee will be chaired by Robert Williams, along with Mike Hamlin and John Doubleday.

O’Driscoll was sent to the sin-bin for only the second time in his 14-year professional career in the first half of the match at the Stadio Olimpico.

The 34-year-old lifted his right leg and brought it down on the chest of Favaro. The act was out of character for O’Driscoll, who has an exemplary disciplinary record, and was evidence of his frustration as Ireland slumped to a first Six Nations defeat by Italy.

The recommended ban for low end stamping is two weeks, the mid-range five weeks and top end nine weeks, up to a maximum of one year.

It will be hoped by Leinster that he is available for the Amlin Challenge Cup quarter-final against Wasps on April 5 and for as much of their RaboDirect Pro 12 title push as possible.

nAndrew Trimble has committed his immediate future to Ulster by signing a new two-year deal with the IRFU.


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