Flannery: I did not use concussion as excuse
Jerry Flannery has denied trying to use a "concussion defence" to extricate himself from the ban that ruled him out of the final three rounds of the Six Nations.
However, the Ireland hooker has confirmed that he did receive a knock on the head prior to his reckless lunge on French winger Alexis Palisson in Paris last month.
"Listen, I was given a fair hearing," he told the Irish Independent in an exclusive interview. "I got a lot of clarification. I can move on.
"We didn't use the concussed line, that just got picked up. It was just when I looked at the video, I'd landed on my head with my legs folded and my neck compressed.
"When I got up, I didn't realise which way I was playing or what was going on. But I never used it as an excuse. I rang Palisson and texted him. I said I was really sorry, that he didn't deserve to miss matches. I deserve punishment. I take it on the chin now."
Flannery, who will make his comeback in time for the Good Friday Magners League clash with Leinster in Thomond Park, feels that Ireland are in a sound position, despite the heavy defeat in Paris.
"What we're doing at the moment is crucial, developing more strength in depth. I think we're in a really good place. I thought it was a little bit panicky after France," he said.
"I suppose when you do lose a game there's going to be a 'Jeez, they finally lost' in the media. I don't think it was a major issue for us."