Cian Healy’s yellow card was one of the major talking points from this weekend’s Champions Cup games. The Ireland international loosehead rushed into a ruck high and leading with his shoulder. Although he was only sin-binned, many felt the punishment could have been harsher.
“No force, no speed, yellow card.”
Should Cian Healy have been sent off for this shoulder to the head? ?
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Today, it has been confirmed that Healy is being cited for the incident.
Healy is alleged to have charged into a ruck and to have struck the head of the Exeter Chiefs hooker, Luke Cowan-Dickie (No 2), with his forearm in the 17th minute of the match in contravention of Law 10.4 (h), which states:
Under World Rugby’s Sanctions for Foul Play, Law 10.4 (h) carries the following sanction entry points – Low End: 2 weeks; Mid-range: 6 weeks; Top end: 10 to 52 weeks.
Meanwhile, Leicester centre Manu Tuilagi is also in trouble, for a dangerous tackle on Munster flanker Chris Cloete, and the penalty faces similar sanctions to those that Healy is facing, with the low end coming in at 2 weeks, and the top end between 10-52 weeks.