France's Yoann Maestri free to face Wales after escaping ban for Johnny Sexton challenge

Yoann Maestri was warned for his challenge on Ireland's Johnny Sexton last Saturday. Jean Catuffe/Getty Images

France will be able to call on Yoann Maestri for their trip to Cardiff a week on Friday after the lock escaped a ban for a late shoulder charge on Ireland's Johnny Sexton.

Maestri was seen to use his shoulder in a tackle which lifted Sexton off his feet in the 13th minute of France's narrow victory over Ireland in Paris last Saturday.

Sexton appeared dazed on leaving the Stade de France field after several questionable hits, but Maestri has only been issued with a citing commissioner warning for the challenge.

The citing commissioner concluded that Maestri had infringed World Rugby's laws of the game and that his actions fell 'just short of' warranting a red card.

France travel to Cardiff to face Wales a week on Friday, looking to add to their two victories over Italy and Ireland in the Championship so far.