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Oisin Doherty

Ulster's Andy Warwick cited for Manu Tuilagi as Sale star ruled out of Toulouse clash

Ulster star Andy Warwick has been cited for his controversial tackle on Manu Tuilagi that saw the Sale centre removed from the field of play.

The incident occurred in the first half of Sale's 39-0 demolition of Ulster. Tuilagi gathered a kick and drove at the Ulster defence.

As Warwick made the tackle on the 46 cap England International, he clashed heads with Tuilagi. The centre was left bloodied by the tackle and was immediately substituted.

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He has since been ruled out of this weekend's clash with Toulouse as a result of the head injury, and will have to follow World Rugby's return-to-play concussion guidelines.

Despite the head-on-head contact, referee Mathieu Raynal ruled that there was no foul play involved and Warwick escaped without a card. He could however now face retroactive punishment for the tackle.

An EPCR statement reads: “EPCR has received a citing complaint against the Ulster Rugby prop, Andy Warwick (No 1), arising from his club’s Heineken Champions Cup, Round 1 match against Sale Sharks at the AJ Bell Stadium on Sunday, 11 December 2022.

“Warwick is alleged to have tackled the Sale Sharks centre, Manu Tuilagi (No 12), in a dangerous manner in the 33rd minute of the match in contravention of Law 9.13.

Warwick could miss this weekend's crucial clash with La Rochelle as a result.


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