Ireland's Healy has ban reduced

Published Wednesday, 27 February 2013
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Ireland's Cian Healy will be available for selection in Six Nations games against France and Italy, after his three-week suspension was reduced on appeal.

Ireland's Healy has ban reduced
Ireland's Cian Healy in action. (© Getty)

Tournament organisers confirmed the turn-around on Wednesday, with Healy tweeting that he was "very happy" with the outcome.

"The player had argued, among other things, that extending the three-week suspension over four weekends was not permissible under the relevant regulations," a Six Nations statement confirmed.

"The independent Six Nations disciplinary appeal committee - chaired by Professor Lorne Crerar (Scotland), along with Antony Davies (England) and Rod McKenzie (Scotland) - upheld the appeal."

The ban was initially extended to factor in a period over which Ireland wouldn't have been playing in the tournament anyway.

Healy's ban is now set to expire at midnight on 3 March, ahead of the game against France at the Aviva stadium in Dublin on 9 March.

The news will be a welcome boost for Ireland coach Declan Kidney after two defeats in the opening three games of the tournament.

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william in galgorm wrote (665 days ago):
only rugby would witness a player trying to maim or break a leg of an opponent and issue a 2 week suspension and then reduce it to 1 week. any other sport and mr healys career would be watching from the stands.
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