Breaking: Sean O’Brien cleared to play in final Test

Leinster and Ireland’s Sean O’Brien has been cleared to play it the final test.

O’Brien had been cited for allegedly striking All Blacks winger Waisake Naholo in the Lions’ 24-21 win over their hosts at the Westpac Stadium.

Following a hearing that lasted nearly four hours, O’Brien’s citing was dismissed by a disciplinary panel, clearing the way for the Leinster and Ireland flanker to take the field at Eden Park this weekend.

Australian citing commissioner Scott Nowland deemed O’Brien’s actions to have “met the threshold for a red card”, but the hearing panel did not see fit to punish the back row.

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