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Leinster vow to fight Jack McGrath's stamping charge

By Staff Reporter

Leinster will contest the charges levelled against Jack McGrath when the Ireland prop faces a disciplinary panel later this week.

The 25-year-old was yesterday formally cited by commissioner Eugene Ryan of Munster for an alleged stamp on the ankle of his international front-row colleague Rory Best during Saturday's interprovincial win over Ulster.

He is likely to go before the panel tomorrow in either Wales or Scotland and his representatives are expected to ask why Ulster No 8 Roger Wilson was not cited for a similar offence on McGrath during the same game.

Both provinces will be asked to make submissions to the Independent Disciplinary committee along with the match officials as they assess whether McGrath fell foul of Law 10.4 (b) - 'A player must not stamp or trample on an opponent'.

"I think we were all taken by surprise a little bit with it," scrum coach Marco Caputo said of the citing yesterday.

"We're confident that the judicial process will be what it is and Jack will be available (to face Cardiff) on Saturday. I don't want to say anything that might jeopardise his chances of a fair hearing.

"You're never confident until the final ruling comes through. I've been around the game long enough to know that if it looks grey, sounds grey and smells grey, it's not grey until someone tells you it's grey."

Asked if he was surprised Wilson was not being called to account for his own actions, Caputo said Leinster were simply looking for some consistency.

"That's one of the things that you'd like to think comes into account, consistency and that the same rule is applied in the same way by the citing commissioner," he said.

While McGrath's participation remains in doubt, Leinster should be able to welcome Rob Kearney, Marty Moore, Shane Jennings, Eoin Reddan and Dominic Ryan back to their team for the trip to Cardiff Blues on Saturday.

Jamie Heaslip, meanwhile, is unlikely to feature as he manages the AC joint injury he sustained against Ulster, but it is not thought to be serious.

"If we were playing a final at the weekend, Jamie would be available to play," Caputo said.

"If we needed Jamie to play we could do that. Whether we need to expose Jamie to that risk is something we need to balance; we would probably be more cautious than try and push him."

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