Wallabies' Reece Hodge cited for dangerous tackle against Fiji

Wallabies winger Reece Hodge faces an uncertain future at the Rugby World Cup after being cited for a dangerous tackle during their opening win over Fiji in Sapporo.

More than 24 hours after the incident, citing commissioner John Montgomery of Scotland ruled Hodge had a case to answer following the tackle on flanker Peceli Yato which appeared to be high and involved no arms midway through the first half of Australia's 39-21 victory.

The 25-year-old Melbourne Rebels utility back will attend an independent judicial committee hearing in Tokyo. A date and time are yet to be determined.

Fiji were incensed by the tackle, which stopped what was shaping as a likely try to hulking Clermont star Yato, metres from the line.

The impressive forward, arguably the game's best player until then, was forced from the field with concussion and failed to return.

Fiji captain Dominiko Waqaniburotu's demand for the incident to be reviewed by the television match official was granted. However, English official Rowan Kitt ruled there had been no foul play.

Wallabies coach Michael Cheika reserved his immediate thoughts on Saturday night, having accepted Kitt's judgement.

"I saw the collision, it was a massive one, a try-saver. But that's all I know about the incident," he said.

The tackle was reportedly referred to Montgomery by the Fijians.

World Rugby referee boss Alain Rolland said on the eve of the global showpiece that officials would take a zero-tolerance approach to high tackles.

A three-man panel chaired by New Zealander Nigel Hampton will form the first judiciary of the tournament and their decision will be closely scrutinised.

Hodge went on to have a solid game after a torrid start, having been forced into attempting a host of one-on-one tackles against a Fijian side who were rampant in the opening exchanges.

He was bumped off twice when going low, including one don't-argue from former Parramatta NRL star Semi Radradra.

It was the debut World Cup appearance for Hodge, who has played 37 Tests in a variety of positions.

If he is suspended, the Wallabies have some accomplished options as cover in Dane Haylett-Petty and Adam Ashley-Cooper.

They next play Wales in Tokyo on Sunday.