Munster face setback with Cronin citing

Date published: October 11 2016

Prop James Cronin has been cited for stamping which would prove a big blow to Munster if he is suspended.

Cronin was cited for stamping on Leinster scrum-half Jamison Gibson-Park during Saturday’s PRO12 game at the Aviva stadium.

Under law 10.4 (b) Cronin, if found guilty, and there is clear video evidence of the incident, can be suspended from two weeks, low end, up to 16-plus weeks, high end.

Citing officer Eddie Walsh decided there was a case to answer following an incident that occurred in the 73rd minute while Munster were camped on the Leinster tryline. Cronin’s studs appear to make contact with Gibson-Park’s head.

If Cronin is suspended it would leave Director of Rugby Rassie Erasmus with little options at loosehead ahead of their Champions Cup opener against Racing 92 in Paris on Sunday, with Dave Kilcoyne already struggling with from concussion.