October 5, 2019 / 5:54 AM / 18 days ago

Italy's Quaglio cited for involvement in Vermeulen tackle

Rugby Union - Rugby World Cup 2019 - Pool B - South Africa v Italy - Shizuoka Stadium Ecopa, Shizuoka, Japan - October 4, 2019. Italy's Andrea Lovotti in action with South Africa's Duane Vermeulen and is later shown a red card. REUTERS/Peter Cziborra

(Reuters) - Italy replacement prop Nicola Quaglio has been cited for his involvement in a tackle on South Africa’s Duane Vermeulen which led to prop Andrea Lovotti being sent off during their Pool B clash.

Quaglio, who was cited by citing commissioner John Montgomery, had no action taken against him during Friday’s match between the two sides.

Lovotti was sent off for dropping Vermeulen on his head in the 43rd minute as Italy went on to lose 49-3 to the Springboks, with their slim hopes of progressing now resting on beating New Zealand for the first time.

The two players will appear at a disciplinary hearing set to take place in Tokyo on Sunday before a three-man panel, World Rugby said in a statement on Saturday.

Italy coach Conor O’Shea is already facing a crisis in the front-row after two of his tight-head props, Simone Ferrari (hamstring) and replacement Marco Riccioni (concussion), both had to leave the field inside 18 minutes against the Boks, leading to uncontested scrums.

Should he lose Lovotti and Quaglio as well for the Oct. 12 meeting with the All Blacks, O’Shea will have to call in replacements with only Tiziano Pasquali and Tiziano Pasquali left in the squad.

Reporting by Arjun Panchadar in Bengaluru; editing by Amlan Chakraborty

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