New Zealand pair Malakai Fekitoa and Sam Cane cited after win over Ireland

New Zealand's Malakai Fekitoa, pictured, and Sam Cane have been cited
New Zealand's Malakai Fekitoa, pictured, and Sam Cane have been cited
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New Zealand pair of Malakai Fekitoa and Sam Cane have been cited for "allegedly tackling an opponent dangerously" during their victory over Ireland at Aviva Stadium on Saturday.

Cane had a fierce tackle on Ireland centre Robbie Henshaw which saw him leave the field in the 10th minute of the game. Referee Jaco Peyper decided against sin-binning him but not so in the case of Fekitoa.

The 24-year-old, who scored two decisive tries in New Zealand's 9-21 win over Ireland was sent off the field temporarily after performing a high tackle on Simon Zebo in the 48th minute.

The pair will now face a disciplinary hearing in the next two days.

A statement from autumn international disciplinary reads: "Sam Cane, the New Zealand flank forward, has been cited for allegedly tackling an opponent dangerously in the 11th minute of the first half of the match between Ireland and New Zealand at the Aviva Stadium (Law 10.4 e).

"Malakai Fekitoa, the New Zealand centre, has also been cited, for allegedly tackling an opponent dangerously in the same match (Law 10.4 e)."

The performances of Peyper and television match official (TMO) Jon Mason will also come into consideration should the duo face further punishment after the hearing.

Ireland also lost Jonny Sexton with a hamstring injury during the game while CJ Stander and Rob Kearney are in doubts for the clash against Australia after suffering concussion during the game.