Ireland to appeal Healy ban

22nd Feb 2013, 14:12

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Cian Healy: Could face France if he wins his appeal

Cian Healy: Could face France if he wins his appeal

Ireland has lodged an appeal against prop Cian Healy's three-week suspension for a stamping offence in their loss to England.

Ireland has lodged an appeal against loosehead prop Cian Healy's three-week suspension for a stamping offence in their loss to England.

The hearing for the appeal is set to be held next week.

Healy received his suspension for a stamp on England tighthead prop Dan Cole's ankle in the clash on February 10 in Dublin.

The ban did not come into effect until a week later, as the panel felt Healy would not have played for Leinster against the Scarlets this weekend.

Part of the appeal is due to the timing of the ban which does not expire until midnight on March 10.

The suspension means Healy is set to miss Ireland's March 9 home game against France, as well as this weekend's trip to face Scotland at Murrayfield.

Healy did not receive a yellow or red card for his offence from referee Jerome Garces during the match, but he was cited by citing commissioner Alberto Recaldini of Italy.