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Ireland pipped by the Barbarians
28 May 2015 23:11
Ireland XV 21-22 Barbarians
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Jack McGrath could be facing a ban to jeopardise his World Cup participation after kneeing lock Konstantin Mikautadze in the back during the Barbarians 22-21 victory over an Ireland XV.
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The Leinster loosehead was sin-binned by referee Greg Garner after a video review in the first half of Ireland's non-cap international clash at Thomond Park.
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Ireland slumped to defeat in Limerick with Alex Cuthbert claiming two tries and Leinster full-back Zane Kirchner landing the Barbarians' killer blow over many of his club-mates.
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Craig Gilroy and the returning Chris Henry claimed scores for a scrappy Ireland outfit.
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Paddy Jackson's late converted try handed Ireland a sniff of victory, but the BaaBaas held out.
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Fly-half Ian Madigan escaped censure for stamping on Georgia lock Mikautadze when a maul collapsed in the 32nd minute, but McGrath was handed a yellow card for his actions at the same breakdown.
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The 25-year-old front-rower could face further retrospective punishment, however, and any eventual sanction could threaten his World Cup participation.
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France lock Pascal Pape was handed a 10-week ban for kneeing Ireland number eight Jamie Heaslip in the back during this year's RBS 6 Nations.
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Any suspension for McGrath would not start until Ireland's World Cup warm-up games in August.
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There is no suggestion McGrath's actions equate to those of Pape, but a ban of four or more weeks would leave his World Cup participation in doubt.
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