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We are very disappointed - Kearney

Ireland have revealed they are "very disappointed" with the decision to cite flanker Stephen Ferris.

Ferris has been cited for his tip-tackle on lock Ian Evans in the final minute of Saturday's 23-21 RBS 6 Nations defeat by Wales.

The Ulster blindside flanker must appear before an independent championship disciplinary committee in London on Wednesday.

Ireland team manager Michael Kearney is confident Ferris will escape a ban for an incident that many felt did not even warrant the yellow card he received from referee Wayne Barnes.

"We are very disappointed to hear this," said Kearney.

"The hearing will take place at lunchtime tomorrow and we will let due process take place before we say anything else.

"I will travel with Stephen. He does have an exemplary disciplinary record.

"He has played 31 times for Ireland and has never received so much as a yellow card.

"The last yellow card he received was more than two years ago (with Ulster) and he has never once received a yellow card for any form of foul play.

"We are hopeful that we will get the right result tomorrow."

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