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Tsnobiladze cited for allegedly striking opponent

Updated: September 26, 2011, 03:37


AUCKLAND, New Zealand(AP) Russia hooker Valery Tsnobiladze has been cited by Rugby World Cup organizers for allegedly striking an opponent with his head during the Pool C match against Ireland.

Organizers said in a statement Monday that Independent Judicial Officer Jeff Blackett of England will hear the case in Auckland at a date to be determined.

Russia lost 62-12 to Ireland in Rotorua on Sunday. The team is last in the pool with one point and plays its final match at the tournament against Australia on Saturday at Nelson.

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