Ireland pair escape bans

Date published: May 29 2015

Ireland duo Jack McGrath and Ian Madigan have escaped citings following Thurday's game between Ireland and the Barbarians.

The Leinster prop was sin-binned in the first half of the game for dropping his knee into the back of prone lock Konstantin Mikautadze, while Madigan had raked at the Georgian's back seconds earlier.

Citing commissioner Eddie Walsh deemed that McGrath's offence was only worthy of a yellow card, while Madigan's offence was not considered dangerous play.

It will come as a relief to Joe Schmidt, who admitted after the game that he was worried about a potential ban.

"I thought they were looking at Ian Madigan, so I was looking at that, not anything Jack did. I haven’t had a good look at it, but it obviously warranted a yellow card," said Schmidt after the game.

"I guess whatever happens is out of our hands."

It appears to be a let-off for McGrath, especially considering Pascal Papé received a ten-week ban for a similar offence during the Six Nations, coincidentally against Ireland.