Italy prop Nicola Quaglio cited for tackle on Duane Vermeulen

Andrea Lovotti	was red-carded during the game against South Africa
Andrea Lovotti was red-carded during the game against South Africa
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Italy props Nicola Quaglio and Andrea Lovotti are set to face a disciplinary hearing in Tokyo on Sunday following an incident in the recently concluded World Cup game against South Africa in Shizuoka.

The duo were involved in a spear tackle on Springboks number eight Duane Vermeulen in the 43rd minute of the game that saw Rassie Erasmus' men complete a 3-49 win.

While referee Wayne Barnes issued a red card to Lovotti following the incident for a breach of Law 9.18 that deals with lifting tackle, replacement prop Quaglio was let off.

Quaglio was cited by citing commissioner John Montgomery following the game and as a result both the players with attend the hearing at 12 30 in front of an independent disciplinary committee chaired by Sir James Dingemans (England) with former international player Olly Kohn (Wales) and former international coach Frank Hadden (Scotland).

Following the game, Italy head coach Conor O'Shea admitted that his side was fortunate to miss two red cards.

"Potentially it could have been two red cards from what I saw," said O'Shea.

"It was just a stupid act. You can't play for 40 minutes with 14 players against an outstanding team."

Italy are positioned second in Pool B with two wins from 10 games and will face the All Blacks in the final game of the opening round.

 

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