Friday 15 December 2017

Ireland bide time on O'Driscoll ban appeal

IRELAND are waiting to receive a written judgment before deciding whether to appeal Brian O'Driscoll's three-week suspension, WRITES CONOR GEORGE.

O'Driscoll was suspended for three weeks having been cited for a stamp on an opponent in the Six Nations match against Italy in Rome, a ban that rules him out of Leinster's Amlin Challenge Cup quarter-final against Wasps on April 5.

An independent Six Nations disciplinary committee upheld his citing and decided that the action merited a red card.

O'Driscoll's previous exemplary record was taken into consideration and two weeks were shaved off his original suspension.

The importance of O'Driscoll to Leinster's Challenge Cup quarter-final will almost certainly see an appeal lodged once the written verdict is received, which is expected in the next 24 hours.

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