Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt has a received a boost with the news that Iain Henderson is free to play this weekend after a citing complaint brought against him was not upheld.
Henderson took part in a disciplinary hearing this afternoon via video conference to investigate an alleged infringement of Law 9.11 – Players must not do anything that is dangerous to others.
The charge related to an incident in the 14th minute of Ulster’s clash with the Ospreys at the weekend as Henderson cleared out a ruck as you can see below.
Iain Henderson has been cited for this incident against the Ospreys.
Law 9.11 – Players must not do anything that is dangerous to others
He faces a disciplinary hearing tomorrow. pic.twitter.com/nnNuZfdLEX
— Cian Tracey (@CianTracey1) February 18, 2019
The Disciplinary Committee concluded that Henderson attempted a “legitimate manoeuvre which was destabilised by another player.”
The committee admitted that despite the legitimate manoeuvre, the incident was an act of foul play but that it only warranted an on-field yellow card, rather than a red, due to Henderson’s inability to take avoiding action in such a short space of time.
The citing complaint, as a result, was not upheld and Henderson is free to play.
This will come as a big boost to Schmidt who also received the good news that Tadhg Beirne has joined up with the Ireland squad this week which will add depth to his second-row stocks.