Alan Quinlan’s summer tour to South Africa is in danger after being cited for allegedly eye-gouging Leinster captain Leo Cullen at Croke Park during the Heineken cup semi-final on Sunday.
Quinlan has been asked to appear in front of an ERC discipline panel after the independent citing commissioner, John Byett, decided the incident warranted further investigation.
If found guilty, Quinlan could receive a 12-week minimum suspension, which would rule him out of the British and Irish Lions tour which commences on May 30th. Previous eye-gouging cases include Neil best who received a 17-week ban and Dylan Hartley (26 weeks).
Quinlan was a surprise inclusion in the Lions squad over Tom Croft and Welsh skipper Ryan Jones. He was chosen for his style and character on and off the field but his presence in this year’s tour is now out of his control after a moment of madness.
A ban would force Lions Coach Ian McGeechan to make a second change to his squad after O’Leary was ruled out last week. If Stuart Barnes had anything to do with it, Tom Croft would surely get the call up, and some might argue that Quinlan has let himself down but has done a favour to the Lions.
What do you think?
By Callum Sheppard