CIAN HEALY HAS been banned for three weeks following his stamp on an English front-row during Ireland’s loss to England on Sunday.
The ban will run from this weekend’s set of rugby fixtures and does not expire until 10 March, the day after Ireland play France at home.
The decision, taking by a Six Nations committee comprising of a Welsh, French and Italian representatives, made the decision in London following a 3pm meeting with Healy and IRFU officials.
The prop took exception, in the first half, to the stray leg of English forward Dan Coles in an Irish ruck.
He rushed forward and raked a boot onto Cole, prompting a flare-up between the majority of the players on the Lansdowne Road pitch.
Later in the half, Healy once again entered a ruck to land a blow on English captain Chris Robshaw, resulting in further altercations. Healy was not cautioned by French referee Jerome Garces but the stamping incident was picked up by the citing commissioner after Ireland’s 12-6 loss.
The most likely replacement for Healy is Munster’s Dave Kilcoyne, with Tom Court of Ulster favourite to act as back-up in Murrayfield.
This is the incident that landed Healy in hot, disciplinary soup:
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More to follow…