Ireland are unlikely to appeal CJ Stander’s one-week ban but have expressed disappointment with the way the flanker’s disciplinary hearing has been handled.
Skills and kicking coach Richie Murphy told a press conference Ireland’s management still had not received disciplinary officer Terry Willis’ written judgement 15 hours after the decision was reached.
Ireland have 48 hours to appeal when they receive that document, but have already begun to plan without Stander for the second Test against South Africa in Johannesburg on Saturday.
Stander was shown a red card midway through the first half of the first Test after he collided with Pat Lambie and caught the out-half’s head with his hip. Ireland went on to win 26-20 with 14 men.
“Unfortunately we can’t make that decision yet because we haven’t received the notification, the report, at the moment,” Murphy said when asked if Ireland would appeal the ban.
“We’re in a situation where we’re halfway through the training week already. CJ obviously hasn’t been training with the team so it’s probably a situation where he won’t play.”