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Published: 09:11 | 11/6/19

Baird free to face Italy

Ryan Baird will be available for Ireland's World Rugby Under 20s Championship clash against Italy after being cleared by a disciplinary committee.

Baird was shown a red card in the 21st minute of Ireland's loss to Australia on Saturday for a high tackle on out-half Will Harrison with referee Christopher Ridley ruling that there was a ‘high level of force and danger’.

The Ireland second row went before an  independent World Rugby Disciplinary Committee on Tuesday with the three-person panel chaired by José Luis Rolandi [Argentina], along with Stefan Terblanche [former South African player] and Valeriu Toma [former Romanian referee] ruling that he should serve no further punishment.

"The Disciplinary Committee found that on detailed analysis there had not been direct contact between Baird’s arm and Harrison’s head and that Baird’s tackle had slipped up from the shoulder," a statement read.

“Applying the World Rugby Decision Making Framework for High Tackles (laws.worldrugby.org/en/guidelines) elected to impose no further sanction.”

The ruling means Baird is available for selection for Ireland's must-win Pool B clash against Italy in Santa Fe on Wednesday 9KO 2.30pm, eir sport 1).

Ireland play Italy in Pool B of the World Rugby Under 20s Championship on Wednesday, 12 June live on eir sport 1 [kick-off 2.30pm]. Subscribe here

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