Wallaby flanker Michael Hooper has been charged with foul play

Wallabies Michael Hooper has been cited for foul play during Australia’s 33-13 win over England on the weekend for charging into the ruck.

The independent commissioner cited Hooper for foul play for the incident in the 39th minute. He was penalised at the time for charging into the breakdown at full speed, but not yellow carded.

Hooper will front the judiciary on Tuesday morning, London time, charged with dangerous play and contravening law 10.4 – charging into a ruck or maul without the use of arms or grasping a player – as Australia prepares to face Wales on Saturday for the lead in Pool A.

The citing is surprising because England’s Sam Burgess was only handed a yellow card after a head high tackle on Matt Giteau, which many thought warranted sending off.

If suspended for more than 3 weeks, it would take Australia to the semi-final stage.

England, which was knocked out of the World Cup after losing to Australia, is being investigated after two members of the coaching team approached the referee Romain Poite, at half-time, in contravention of the rules of the game.

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