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Fillol gets 14 weeks for spit

Stade Francais scrum-half Jermoe Fillol has been suspended for 14 weeks, a Top-End offence, for spitting in the face of Peter Stringer.

Fillol was alleged to have committed an act contrary to good sportsmanship in that he spat at the Bath scrum-half during the first half of the Amlin Challenge Cup quarter-final at the Recreation Ground.

The complaint was made by the match Citing Commissioner, Eugene Ryan (Ireland) to examine an allegation breaking of Law 10.4(m).

Filloll was found guilty of spitting at a player which carries the following sanction entry points: Low End 4 weeks; Mid Range 7 weeks; Top End 11+ to 52 weeks.

Horan hangs up his boots

Munster and Ireland prop Marcus Horan has retired from professional rugby.

"You don't walk away from a group like this easily or without sadness. They've been such a huge part of my life," he said yesterday.

"But, I'm happy, given the options presented to me, it was the right decision for me and my family. I've had a great career, I've enjoyed every minute of it and I'm proud of what I've achieved.

Horan is Munster's most capped forward with 224 appearances while he also won 67 senior international caps, scoring six tries.

Cooper plays down snub

Australia out-half Quade Cooper has no problem with national coach Robbie Deans and has claimed his omission from a Wallabies planning camp for the British and Irish Lions series was "no big issue".

Cooper, who fell out in spectacular fashion with Deans last year, told local media he had been left out of the 30-strong group being brought together in Sydney this weekend.

"It's no big issue really," the 25-year-old Queensland Reds back said.

"People are going to look at players differently. It's not the first or the last time you're going to miss out on a side."