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Wednesday 24 January 2018

IRFU unlikely to appeal O'Driscoll's suspension

Conor George

Conor George

THE decision on whether to appeal Brian O'Driscoll's three-week suspension is expected to be made today.

O'Driscoll was cited and suspended for stamping on Italy's Simone Favaro during the Six Nations match in Rome. The suspension term rules him out of Leinster's Amlin Challenge Cup quarter-final against Wasps on April 5.

The IRFU are in receipt of the written judgment, but collective agreement between all parties has yet to be reached. It is believed that because his previous exemplary record was taken into account when passing sentence, an appeal is unlikely.

Meanwhile, Simon Zebo will be fit for Munster's Heineken Cup quarter-final against Harlequins on April 7 in London.

The Ireland wing trained yesterday morning with the squad for the first time since breaking a bone in his foot in Ireland's Six Nations loss to England in February. And after coming through that test unscathed, he will be included in the team to play at The Stoop on Sunday week.

Zebo's availability for the game is a massive fillip to the side as they are already without Keith Earls, whose season is almost certainly over after he dislocated his shoulder in Ireland's loss to Italy.

There is better news regarding Donnacha Ryan, however. The second-row is also expected to be fit in time for the Harlequins game. Ryan injured his shoulder AC joint during Ireland's campaign but played through the discomfort,

The returning Ireland internationals had last week off and, while both Peter O'Mahony and Conor Murray trained fully this week, Ryan has been held back. His shoulder is, however, improving every day and he is expected to train fully next week.

Neither he, Murray nor O'Mahony will be risked in tomorrow night's Pro12 League game against Glasgow Warriors.

Irish Independent

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