O'Connell to avoid citing for kick
April 15, 2013
Paul O'Connell looks to have escaped a citing © Getty Images
Potential British & Irish Lions captain Paul O'Connell looks to have avoided a citing for accidentally kicking Leinster winger Dave Kearney during their intense RaboDirect PRO12 derby at Thomond Park on Saturday night.
The incident left Kearney knocked out and he was stretchered off with coach Joe Schmidt suggesting post-match he will be out for two weeks. Referee Nigel Owens did not act at the time and O'Connell, according to reports in the Irish Times, has escaped any retrospective action.
The newspaper claims that citing commissioner Eddie Walsh deemed O'Connell's kick to have no malicious intent and it was a genuine attempt to make contact with the ball.
The news will come as a massive boost to both Munster and the second-row. Had O'Connell been cited for dangerous play then he could have missed their Heineken Cup semi-final against Clermont Auvergne later this month.
And with O'Connell chasing a spot in the Lions squad, with some suggesting he is favourite to captain the tourists, he will hope to prove to Warren Gatland he is fully fit after missing much of the season due to injury.
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