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Tuesday, October 12, 1999 Published at 09:53 GMT 10:53 UK

World Cup citings mount

Toutai Kefu (left): Could receive a ban along with Ireland's Trevor Brennan

Ireland's Trevor Brennan and Australians Toutai Kefu and Daniel Herbert have been cited for foul play during Ireland's World Cup match against Australia on Sunday.

BBC Rugby Union Correspondent Ian Robertson: "It is likely that there will be a suspension"
Back row players Brennan and Kefu are being called to account for an ugly brawl during the Pool E clash at Lansdowne Road, which the Wallabies won 23-3.

Kefu rained at least four punches on Brennan, who left the field shortly afterwards to have cuts to his face repaired.

Herbert has been cited for a "high and dangerous tackle" that left Irish centre Kevin Maggs dazed.

[ image: Colin Charvis: Hoping for a positive outcome after appealing]
Colin Charvis: Hoping for a positive outcome after appealing
All the disciplinary hearings will be held at Twickenham on Tuesday.

The case of Fijian winger Marika Vunibaka, sent off for a head-butt in the match against Canada on Saturday, will be heard at the same time.

Two other players - Wales flanker Colin Charvis and Argentinian prop Roberto Grau - have already been cited and punished with bans - by World Cup disciplinary chiefs.

Wallaby injuries

Wallabies coach, Rod Macqueen, had earlier said he was "fairly confident" that Kefu would escape further action, but video evidence from the game has clearly proved damning enough for World Cup organisers to act.

Australian flanker David Wilson described the incident as "heat of the moment - a bit of push and shove, one-on-one".

Australia, with one more group match remaining, can now confidently expect a quarter-final clash against host nation Wales in Cardiff on October 23, but they are now likely to do so with their numbers significantly reduced.

In addition to any bans arising from the citations, hooker Phil Kearns has already been ruled out of the remainder of the World Cup with a foot injury and lock John Eales is also injured, though it is thought likely that he will only miss the last pool match against the USA.

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