Manu Tuilagi’s citing for a dangerous tackle on Champions Cup duty has compelled his British and Irish Lions team-mate, Brian O’Driscoll, to complain that the “game has gone soft”.
The 27-year-old England international made just his second appearance of the season in Sunday’s 25-16 defeat by Munster at Welford Road, having suffered a knee meniscus injury on the opening weekend of the 2017/18 campaign.
He now faces the prospect of being banned for a minimum of two weeks immediately after making his comeback from the latest injury problem to have blighted his career.
EPCR confirmed they have received a citing complaint against the Leicester Tigers centre following his club’s Champions Cup, Round 4 match against Munster Rugby at Welford Road on Sunday, 17 December 2017.
I think the game has gone soft if we’re picking up on marginal collisions like the Manu Tuilagi tackle he’s been sited for.
— Brian O’Driscoll (@BrianODriscoll) December 19, 2017
Tuilagi is alleged to have tackled the Munster Rugby flanker, Chris Cloete (No 7), dangerously in the 49th minute of the match in contravention of Law 10.4 (e).
The complaint was made by the match Citing Commissioner, Jeff Mark (Wales).