Healy appeal successful

27th Feb 2013, 18:03

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Free to face France: Cian Healy

Free to face France: Cian Healy

Ireland prop Cian Healy is available for next week's Six Nations clash with France after his ban was reduced to one game on appeal.

Ireland prop Cian Healy is available for next week's Six Nations clash with France after his ban was reduced to one game on appeal.

Healy was initially banned for three weeks for stamping on England's Dan Cole, with his suspension only starting the weekend after the incident occurred rather than the day of the citing, thus ruling him out of last Sunday's game against Scotland and the French fixture in Dublin on March 9.

However, on Wednesday the 25-year-old prop successfully appealed against the decision and the ban will now run from the date of the offence (February 12).

"The player had argued, among other things, that by extending the three week suspension over four weekends (to take account of the first "break weekend" in the RBS 6 Nations Championship) was not permissible under the relevant regulations," read an appeal committee statement.

"The Appeal Committee therefore concluded that Cian Healy's suspension should end at midnight on Sunday 3 March 2013, and not a midnight on Sunday 10 March 2013."