France pleaded tackle on Rob Herring, while Ireland sweated on Tadhg Beirne’s injury

Six Nations France support Uini Atonio Rob Herring Credit: Alamy

Six Nations France support Uini Atonio Rob Herring Credit: Alamy

French tight prop Uini Atonio has been cited for a high tackle on Irish hooker Rob Herring during their Six Nations clash in Dublin on Saturday.

Atonio was booked in the defeat to the Irish after a tackle that forced Herring off for a head injury assessment, from which he did not return.

The French mainstay was in the sin bin for 10 minutes after referee Wayne Barnes decided not to issue a red card for the tackle on the Irish hooker.

Atonio’s hearing on Wednesday

England official Barnes was criticized by several pundits for his decision, and La Rochelle prop Atonio has since been cited and will attend a hearing before an independent judicial commission via videoconference on Wednesday, it was announced Monday.

A Six Nations statement confirmed that France had been summoned in the front row for foul play in violation of Law 9.13.

The law states: “A player must not tackle an opponent early, late or dangerously.

“Dangerous tackling includes, but is not limited to, tackling or attempting to tackle an opponent above the shoulder line, even if the tackle begins below the shoulder line.”

Tadhg Beirne to specialist

Meanwhile, second-row Tadhg Beirne from Ireland will see a specialist to determine the extent of the leg injury he sustained in the weekend’s game.

Munster striker Beirne left the Aviva Stadium on crutches after being forced off early in the second period of their impressive 32-19 home win.

Ireland’s head coach Andy Farrell said after the game the matter “didn’t look great” for Beirne, who has started his country’s last 14 Tests.

The Six Nations leaders have retained a 25-man squad for this week’s two-day training camp ahead of the tournament’s first weekend.

Johnny Sexton manages injury

An update states that Captain Johnny Sexton is managing a groin injury while hooker Herring undergoes return protocols.

Herring came in as a second round starter for Dan Sheehan, who continues to recover from a hamstring problem under the supervision of Ireland’s medical team.

Cian Healy, Tadhg Furlong, Robbie Henshaw and Jamison Gibson-Park are also undergoing rehabilitation from their injuries.

Keith Earls, Jordan Larmour and Jacob Stockdale are among 12 players released to play for their county.

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