Sport in brief: French clubs in Attoub fury
Angry French clubs are considering wearing armbands this weekend in an extraordinary show of solidarity for disgraced Stade Francais eye-gouger David Attoub writes David Kelly.
Attoub was hit with a 70-week ban after he was found guilty of what ERC disciplinary officer Judge Jeff Blackett called "the worst act of contact with the eyes I have had to deal with" against Stephen Ferris of Ulster last month.
However, the player, Stade coach Jacques Delmas and the Paris club's controversial owner Max Guazzini, have all railed against the judgement, declaring they will fight the ban all the way.
Delmas confirmed that the club would appeal against the decision. "Everyone in the team is very affected by this. It is still the 100 years war with the ERC," he added.
Full-back Josh Glynn produced one moment of magic to secure the Leinster Schools Senior League final in favour of St Gerard's School by 14-13 to the dismay of King's Hospital at Donnybrook yesterday.
Glynn shot Gerard's in front but Josh Hinde levelled it up from left of the posts in the 12th minute.
On the stroke of half-time, Gerard's slipped three ahead again when Glynn nailed a long-range penalty, but Hinde was back for another penalty in the 38th minute.
It looked as though King's Hospital held all the aces when wing Pat McMillan surged to the line in the 49th minute.
However, Glynn calmly stroked over a penalty deep into the final quarter, before staying wide to receive the ball and plunge for the line in injury-time.
RELAND'S James McGee pulled off a brace of victories in the ITF Futures event at Sheffield yesterday, writes Paddy Hickey.
McGee defeated Sweden's Michael Ryderstadt 6-3 6-4 in the first round of the singles, and the 22-year-old Dubliner teamed up with Netherlands' Bart Van Monsjou to record a 5-7 6-4 win over the No 4 seeds, British pair Richard Bloomfield and Jason Goodall.
Today, the Castleknock man takes on the No 4 seed, Britain's Josh Goodall, in singles, and in the second round of the doubles McGee and Van Monsjou face Dutch player Matwe Middelkoop and Belgium's Niels Desein.
Greystones' Amy Bowtell kept the Irish flag on the European U-18 circuit, beating Hungary's Blanka Szavay 6-4 6-2 in the first round of the Czech Junior International, in Prerov, Czech Republic.