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Coach Neil Doak given a nice boost as Rob Herring is off hook

By Michael Sadlier

Published 21/05/2015

Ulster coach Neil Doak
Ulster coach Neil Doak

Ulster hooker Rob Herring has been cleared over a citing which emerged from last Saturday's 32-10 defeat at Glasgow Warriors.

As such, Herring is free to resume playing duties and can now be involved in tomorrow's crunch PRO12 semi-final at Glasgow's Scotstoun ground where he is expected to provide bench cover for skipper Rory Best.

The Ireland-qualified South African appeared in Cardiff yesterday before an independent PRO12 Rugby Disciplinary Committee, after having been cited by an independent Citing Commissioner for allegedly stamping on an opponent's head (Law 10.4(b)) in last weekend's game.

The all-Welsh Disciplinary Committee did not uphold the citing complaint after having viewed the footage of the incident, reviewed the other evidence and listened to representations by and on behalf of the player.

The Disciplinary Committee were satisfied that the footage did not merit an act of foul play from the Ulster hooker.

They concluded that Herring had been held in a ruck by two opponents after the ball had left the ruck and that the actions he had taken were purely because he was trying to release himself from the hold.

Meanwhile, it has emerged that New Zealand Rugby have told Ulster's big-name signing Charles Piutau that he will not be permitted to play for the struggling Blues in next year's Super Rugby season.

Though the 23-year-old All Black is still in the frame to make this autumn's World Cup squad, it now seems to indicate that he will have to play overseas in the early part of next year before hooking up with Ulster in the summer of 2016.

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