SAPPORO – Australia winger Reece Hodge's World Cup hangs in the balance after he was cited for a dangerous tackle on Fiji's Peceli Yato in their opening Pool D match in Sapporo on Saturday.
Yato was felled by Hodge, who appeared to make contact with the flanker's head in a no-arms tackle around the 26th minute. Yato failed a head injury assessment and will miss Fiji's match with Uruguay in Kamaishi on Wednesday.
While the Fijians protested the tackle during the game, match officials deemed there was no foul play, although social media users and pundits criticised the decision.
An independent citing commissioner, John Montgomery of Scotland, however, determined Hodge had "committed an act of foul play contrary to Law 9.13 (dangerous tackle)," World Rugby said in a statement on Sunday.
He will face a three-man judicial committee in Tokyo at a date yet to be determined.