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Davies and Ferris cited

Wales lock Bradley Davies and Ireland flanker Stephen Ferris have both been cited for foul play during Sunday's RBS 6 Nations game between the countries in Dublin.

Tournament organisers have announced the citings, which were made by match commissioner, Italian Achille Reali.

Davies was yellow-carded for a reckless tip-tackle on Ireland replacement Donnacha Ryan, while Ferris received an identical punishment for his tackle on Davies' second-row partner Ian Evans.

Ferris infringed in the last minute of the game, and Wales full-back Leigh Halfpenny kicked the resulting penalty to give his team a 23-21 victory.

Davies and Ferris will appear before an independent Six Nations disciplinary committee in London on Wednesday.

Reali has taken his action under the International Rugby Board's Law 10.4 (j).

It states: "Lifting a player from the ground, and dropping or driving that player into the ground whilst that player's feet are still off the ground such that the player's head and/or upper body come into contact with the ground, is dangerous play."

Wales coach Warren Gatland admitted after the match that Davies was fortunate to avoid a red card, escaping with a sin-binning from referee Wayne Barnes on the recommendation of his assistant Dave Pearson.

Ferris' offence looked far less serious, but he now faces an anxious wait before discovering whether or not he will be sidelined for any part of the tournament.


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