PIC: Is this the reason why Sean O'Brien struck Pascal Pape? 5 years ago

PIC: Is this the reason why Sean O'Brien struck Pascal Pape?

Interesting words from Bernard Jackman.

Ireland's incredibly impressive 24-9 win against France was arguably one of the finest performances at the Rugby World Cup so far but we're finally seeing the physical and punitive toll that the win is taking.

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Cardiff was sadly the last venue that the iconic Paul O'Connell would get to wear the famous green jersey while Peter O'Mahony's World Cup was also cruelly cut short.

To compound matters, Johnny Sexton will also be requiring some medical treatment if he's going to be fit to face Argentina while Sean O'Brien's fate will be decided at 1pm this afternoon.

Grenoble head coach Bernard Jackman has given an interesting insight as to why the 'Tullow Tank' may have struck out at the Stade Francais lock.

The former Connacht and Leinster hooker believes that Pape was happy to engage in some sledging and gamesmanship before the incident, thus causing the Leinster flanker to lose his cool.

As Jackman states in a later tweet to rugby pundit and commentator Brian Moore, there's a "difference between binding in a scrum and getting groped in open play".

Take a look.

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