Ireland lost Stander to a red card in the first half of their win over South Africa
Joe Schmidt has described CJ Stander's sending off against South Africa as 'very, very harsh,' according to Sky Sports.
The Ireland camp are prepared to fight any sanction handed down on the back of CJ Stander's dismissal for a challenge on his home countryman Pat Lambie, in their win over South Africa yesterday.
Stander is now facing a ban that could rule him out of the rest of the series. Lambie will miss the second Test after suffering a concussion as a result of the clash with Stander.
Ireland managed to ground out a six point win despite spending most of the game with 14 men. Schmidt praised his side for their resolve and said that he hopes that the authorities will look favourably on Stander's red card when he goes before a disciplinary hearing later this week.
CJ Stander got a red card for this challenge on Pat Lambie. Correct decision?— EatSleepRugby (@eatsleeprugby) June 12, 2016
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"We'd love to have him available, we're going to find out in the next couple of days what, if any, consequences there are from his attempted charge-down."
"So, we'd be delighted to get him back if that's possible. If we don't, this is a 32-man squad, there are 32 players working to try and be selected and it means somebody else will step up and fill the breach. I thought the red card was very, very harsh to be honest. CJ's got both hands extended, once you're in the air you can't change your trajectory."
"The one thing I would say, I think Pat Lambie's a super player, I certainly hope that Pat's OK. I know CJ and Pat are friends, and that they know each other. CJ was upset that Pat was hurt as much as he was upset that he had to leave the field. It's one of those things that happens. I think, sometimes, when there is an injury like that, the consequence is that a card comes out and that was the result."