Australia's Israel Folau cited for dangerous play

Israel Folau was sin-binned in the Sydney game
Israel Folau was sin-binned in the Sydney game

Australia international Israel Folau has been cited for a dangerous play following the recently concluded third Test against Ireland at Allianz Stadium last weekend.

The fullback was sin-binned in the 30th minute for a dangerous tackle on Peter O’Mahony with the Irish flanker unable to return to action following the incident.

However, he was cited for another incident during the ninth minute when Folau charged O’Mahony in the air that was not spotted by the on-field official nor reviewed by Television Match Officials (TMO).

The 29-year-old will now appear before a disciplinary committee and a ban will keep him out of Waratahs' vital Super Rugby clash against Rebels in Melbourne on Friday.

The game saw Ireland register a 16-20 win and with it, they went on to claim the series 2-1 for the first time against Wallabies in Australia in 38 years.

Meanwhile, Australia head coach Michael Cheika urged World Rugby to clarify the rules regarding aerial tackles especially with the governing body recently rescinding the red card of France's Benjamin Fall.

“The key word these days is ‘clear’ and ‘obvious’, isn’t it? I don’t know anything that’s clear and obvious in a game of footy. Nothing, right? But they run with it,” Cheika said after the game against Ireland.

“Look at Angus last week. I really felt for him. He made the decision based on rules that they give him and then they left him out [to hang]. Took away the red card, basically said ‘you made the wrong call’. So I’m not sure how you can clarify it any more or clarify it any less, to be honest.

“Rugby, there’s no black and white in this game. It’s a lot of grey and it’s about the interpretations in the grey so, yeah, I don’t know how they can clarify it, so there’s not much point in me asking about clarification.”