Dublin - Irish rugby great Brian O'Driscoll was on Monday cited for stamping
on Simone Favaro in Ireland's 22-15 Six Nations defeat by Italy, the
tournament organisers announced.
The 34-year-old centre - who is
widely expected to have played his last game for Ireland - was
sin-binned for the incident by referee Wayne Barnes but, on further
viewing, citing commissioner Aurwel Morgan decided he should face a
"Brian O'Driscoll, the Ireland centre, has
been cited by the independent citing commissioner for an alleged
stamping or trampling on an opponent, contrary to Law 10.4 (b), in the
Six Nations match between Italy and Ireland on Saturday, March 16, 2013.
Details of the Hearing will be announced later," read a statement from
the Six Nations organisers.
O'Driscoll's sin-binning was only the
second of his 14-year career, something which should stand in his favour
when he appears before the hearing.
Nevertheless, the 125-times
capped former captain - who is expected to be selected for his fourth
British and Irish Lions tour later this year - was fortunate to escape
just with a sin-binning as it is normally a red card offence.
recommended suspension for a low-end stamping offence is two weeks, with
the mid-range five weeks and top-end nine weeks, up to a maximum of one
Meanwhile; Ireland wing Luke Fitzgerald has been ruled out
for the rest of the season as a result of the knee injury he suffered
Leinster's Fitzgerald, a first-half substitute at
the Stadio Olimpico, ruptured the anterior cruciate ligament in his left
knee only 12 minutes after replacing Keith Earls.
"Luke will now
require surgery once the swelling settles down and will not return
before the season ends," a Leinster statement read.