Sean O’Brien could miss Lions decider after being cited in second Test win | Sport


Sean O’Brien could miss the British & Irish Lions’ Test series decider with New Zealand after receiving a citing from the tourists’ Wellington victory on Saturday.

The Ireland flanker has been cited for allegedly striking the All Blacks winger Waisake Naholo in the Lions’ 24-21 win over New Zealand at the Westpac Stadium on Saturday.

Sonny Bill Williams was sent off in the feisty second Test in Wellington for a head-high shoulder-charge tackle on Anthony Watson. The Lions will face the All Blacks in the series decider at Auckland’s Eden Park on Saturday.

A New Zealand Rugby statement read: “British & Irish Lions loose forward Sean O’Brien has been cited for dangerous play during the second Test of the DHL NZ Lions Series, held at Westpac Stadium, Wellington.

“Citing Commissioner Scott Nowland [Australia] has cited O’Brien under law 10.4 (a) for allegedly striking All Blacks winger Waisake Naholo with a swinging arm. The citing commissioner said the incident, in the 19th minute of the second half, is deemed to have met the threshold for a red card.

“A judicial panel consisting of Adam Casselden (AUS), David Croft (AUS), and John Langford (AUS), will hear the case tonight at 8pm, at the New Zealand Rugby offices.”

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