Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Quinlan Faces Lions Ban after 'Gouging' Cullen

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Quinlan Faces Lions Ban after 'Gouging' Cullen

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Byline: CHRIS JONES Rugby Correspondent

ALAN QUINLAN'S place on the Lions tour is under threat after he was cited for alleged gouging during Munster's Heineken Cup defeat to Leinster.

However, South Africa have suffered their own blow with full-back Conrad Jantjes ruled out of the three-Test series after breaking his leg.

Quinlan has been ordered to appear before a European Rugby Cup disciplinary panel to explain the incident which left Leinster captain Leo Cullen with marks near his eyes.

The date for the hearing has yet to be fixed but if the flanker is banned -- the minimum term is 12 weeks -- Lions head coach Ian McGeechan is certain to call up Tom Croft, who starred as Leicester won the first penalty shoot-out in Heineken Cup history after their semi-final with Cardiff finished 26-26 after extra-time.

While the incident involving Quinlan (right) is a concern, the defeats for Munster and Cardiff mean that 12 of the Lions squad, including captain Paul O'Connell, will finish their club seasons earlier than expected. …

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