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Ulster Rugby's Iain Henderson has red card overturned

By Claire Cromie

Published 13/05/2015

Dismissed: Ulster’s Iain Henderson saw red against Munster
Dismissed: Ulster’s Iain Henderson saw red against Munster

Ulster's Rugby star flanker Iain Henderson has been cleared by a PRO12 disciplinary committee over Saturday's red card incident.

The 23-year-old was sent off by referee Nigel Owens for leading with his head when entering a ruck against Munster at the Kingspan.

The decision, which came with only seven minutes of the game remaining, put Ulster on the back foot in a contest that they ultimately drew 23-23 thanks to a last-gasp converted try by Paul Marshall.

However on Wednesday the disciplinary committee ruled that Henderson did not warrant a red card - and it has been overturned.

A committee statement said: "Having viewed the incident in close-up (which the match referee had not been able to do at the time), the disciplinary committee concluded that the player's initial contact with his opponent had not in fact been with his head but with his arm."

Henderson is now free to play this week. Ulster must beat Glasgow and hope that either Munster or Ospreys slip up if they are to host a PRO12 semi-final the following weekend.

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