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Italy's Ghiraldini cited

Italy hooker Leonardo Ghiraldini has been cited for attempting to gouge the eyes of Ireland prop Cian Healy at Otago Stadium on Sunday.

Ghiraldini will face a disciplinary hearing in Auckland at 4am BST on Wednesday for the incident that took place in the first half of Italy's 36-6 defeat.

He has been charged with making contact with the eyes or the eye area and acts contrary to good sportsmanship.

The flashpoint was missed by referee Jonathan Kaplan, but provoked a furious reaction from Healy.

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