Ryan set to face stamping charge
November 15, 2010
Munster lock Donnacha Ryan has been cited following Ireland's victory over Samoa on Saturday © Getty Images
Ireland second row Donnacha Ryan has been cited for stamping in Saturday's 20-10 victory over Samoa.
Ryan, a 69th-minute replacement for Devin Toner at the Aviva Stadium, will have his case heard by an independent Six Nations Disciplinary Committee in London tomorrow. The hearing for Ti'i Paulo, the Samoa hooker who was cited last week for two alleged dangerous tackles against Connacht, will also be held in London on Tuesday.
Ireland may have ended a six-match losing streak against the Islanders but the performance did little to suggest they have turned a corner. And coach Declan Kidney has been forced to deny claims that his side's confidence levels are beginning to plummet amid their loss in form.
"Anxiety will always be there when you've lost a few matches," said Kidney ahead of a daunting meeting with the All Blacks in Dublin this weekend. "We were a bit anxious going into Samoa. The first 20 minutes went well but then they scored their try and the anxiety crept in a little bit. When you're winning you take it for granted, when you're losing it's bound to bite.
"It wasn't exactly an attractive game against Samoa but we managed to win and after the last six matches that's a plus. We have to sit down and admit that bit needs a bit of work and that bit needs some improvement. The more matches you win, the higher the confidence will be. Our confidence will be a bit better going into Saturday than it was coming into Samoa. I don't think the confidence is that bad."
New Zealand enter Saturday's match invigorated by their 49-3 demolition of Scotland and Kidney accepts they are formidable opposition. "Every team that plays New Zealand has to play at the top of their ability to get the better of them," he said. "They're the best team in the world and are motoring well."
Ireland's cause this autumn has not been helped by poor attendances at Aviva Stadium, with only 30,955 turning up to see Samoa beaten in such unconvincing fashion. Kidney insists the small crowds inevitably have an effect on the players.
"If you arrive at the ground 75 minutes before kick off and it's half-full, then it's three-quarters full when you're warming up and then it's a full house when you come out, the adrenaline flows more freely," he said.
The fitness of prop Cian Healy is being monitored after he sustained a dead leg against Samoa, while Rob Kearney is making encouraging progress from the knee bruising suffered against South Africa. Leicester fullback Geordan Murphy has been added to the squad for the first time this autumn, but Keith Earls has been released to play for Munster against Australia tomorrow.
Ireland have moved their team announcement from tomorrow to Thursday.
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