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Reds debutant Adam Byrnes cops citation

27/01/2009 07:16:11 PM Comments (0)

New Queensland lock Adam Byrnes has been cited for striking after making his Reds rugby debut against home state NSW.

Byrnes, 27, will appear before a SANZAR judicial officer at Brisbane on Thursday night following an alleged incident in Queensland's 17-5 trial loss to the Waratahs at Toowoomba on Saturday night.

He faces a charge of striking an opponent after citing commissioner Scott Nowland viewed video footage of the first half forwarded by the Waratahs.

NSW were unhappy after the ill-tempered match, accusing Byrnes of foul play.

Rising lock Chris Thomson was forced to leave the field concussed after reeling out of a lineout in the first half.

Judicial Officer Paul Tully will conduct the hearing at QRU offices on Thursday at 6pm.

Byrnes was the second-row partner of Thomson in the Junior Waratahs side last year but joined Queensland in the off-season.

Byrnes was not named in the Reds squad on Tuesday for their second trial against the Blues at Auckland on Friday night after Queensland welcomed back the majority of their Wallabies contingent.

The Reds will be in New Zealand at the time of the hearing.

But a Queensland spokesman said on Tuesday: "We won't comment other than we will give Adam every assistance at the hearing".

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