Belfast Telegraph

Heaslip's facing ban

Jamie Heaslip’S tour of New Zealand and Australia is expected to be brought to a premature end today after he was cited for striking during Ireland’s heavy 66-28 loss to New Zealand yesterday.

The Irish number eight was shown a red card by referee Wayne Barnes in the 15th minute at Yarrow Stadium for twice kneeing All Blacks captain Richie McCaw.

Heaslip will face a disciplinary hearing today and a suspension could rule him out of Ireland’s two remaining matches against New Zealand Maori on Friday and Australia on June 26.

Brian O’Driscoll admitted Heaslip’s sending-off had a massive impact on the game: “It’s difficult playing against the All Blacks with 15 players. When we lost Jamie, then Ronan O’Gara to the yellow card we were chasing shadows.”

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