Wallabies coach Michael Cheika believes winger Reece Hodge will be cleared of having carried out a dangerous tackle in Australia’s opening World Cup match when he faces a judicial panel on Wednesday.

Wallabies coach Michael Cheika.


The incident was one of the weekend’s most controversial, in the context of World Rugby’s campaign to rid the game of high tackles and the head knocks that often go with them.

Hodge was cited on Sunday for a dangerous tackle on Peceli Yato in the previous day’s opening Pool D match in Sapporo. The collision left the Fijian flanker with concussion and prevented him from continuing the match.

Cheika said that after the briefing given to coaches by World Rugby referees bosses and disciplinary chiefs in Tokyo last week, he had every confidence Hodge would be clear to play Wales on Sunday.

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