IRELAND prop Cian Healy is desperately hoping that he will be handed a Six Nations lifeline today as he enters the disciplinary dock in London.
Healy (right) faces a committee hearing into an allegation of stamping and he will be placing his faith in the persuasive ability of former Ireland international and legal supremo Donal Spring to argue his case.
Spring will rely on a number of factors to spring his client from a potential championship-ending ban for an offence carrying a punishment of anything from a minimum two weeks to the top-end punishment of nine weeks to a year.
A key issue will be whether the disciplinary committee decide that the stamping, on Dan Cole's ankle during Sunday's Dublin defeat to England, was intentional or merely reckless.
The Irish Independent understands that the English RFU will today submit a medical report which reveals that Cole suffered only minor bruising. However, the committee will want to discover if the English prop was in a defenceless position, regardless of whether he was offside.
The IRFU have not yet decided whether they will plead guilty or not guilty to the offence.