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Thursday 8 December 2016

Australia flanker Michael Hooper cited for tackle on Mike Brown

Australia's Michael Hooper and England's Mike Brown clash
Australia's Michael Hooper and England's Mike Brown clash

Australia flanker Michael Hooper has been cited for alleged foul play during the Wallabies' 33-13 victory over England at Twickenham on Saturday.

World Rugby announced that Hooper has been reported by independent citing commissioner Steve Hinds for allegedly "charging into a ruck or maul without use of the arms or grasping the player".

Hooper will now face a disciplinary hearing in London on Tuesday.

The incident happened just before half-time when Hooper challenged England full-back Mike Brown.

Australia's win dumped England out of the World Cup, and Hooper played a pivotal role in setting up a Pool A decider against Wales at Twickenham next Saturday.

Alongside David Pocock and Scott Fardy, Hooper is part of arguably the tournament's most effective back row, but his participation against Wales - and possibly beyond that - could now be in doubt.

Sanctions for charging range from a two-week ban at the lower end of the scale, through to five weeks if it is classed as mid-range, or 10 weeks and above if viewed as a top-end offence.

In a statement, World Rugby said: "Michael Hooper has been cited by independent citing commissioner Steve Hinds (New Zealand) for an alleged act of foul play contrary to law 10.4 (h) (charging into a ruck or maul without use of the arms or grasping the player) during the 39th minute of the Rugby World Cup 2015 Pool A match between England and Australia on Saturday, October 3.

"The hearing will take place at 1000 on Tuesday, October 6 at the offices of RWC official law firm Clifford Chance in London. The case will be heard by independent judicial officer Alan Hudson (Canada)."

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