Wales prop Francis cited for ‘eye incident’

Tomas Francis has been cited for coming into contact with Dan Cole's eyes

Wales prop Tomas Francis has been cited by the Six Nations match officials for an alleged eye gouge on England prop Dan Cole.

The incident near the end of the match was reviewed by the Television Match Official but due to limited angles at the time only a penalty was awarded.

England head coach Eddie Jones was not happy with the incident and called for the incident to be looked at again.

“Clearly there was a finger put in the eye and that should be adjudicated on,” Jones said after the match.

The Six Nations committee have now confirmed that a disciplinary hearing will be held later this week

“Tomas Francis, the Wales replacement prop forward, has been cited by the independent Citing Commissioner for allegedly making contact with the eyes or eye area of an opponent (Dan Cole) in the second half of the RBS 6 Nations match between England and Wales at Twickenham on Saturday 12 March 2016,” they explained in a statement.

“Law 10.4 (m) applies – Acts Contrary to Good Sportsmanship.”

Wales coach Warren Gatland said “I haven’t seen it again, and I listened to the TMO comments on it and he said there was only one view of it and it was inconclusive.

“He thought there was contact with the face. I’ll be honest and say my initial reaction to it was it didn’t look great, but I haven’t had a look at it since then.”

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