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Cian Healy free to play after appeal, but case against the prop will be heard again

The loosehead was sin-binned for an incident with Toulon’s Guilhem Guirado, but was cited and banned under completely different laws.

Image: Inpho/Billy Stickland

LEINSTER AND IRELAND prop Cian Healy has been successful in his appeal against a two-week ban for ‘dangerous charging or obstructing’ of an opponent during the Champions Cup defeat away to Toulon.

Healy and Leinster appealed the decision as he had been charged for an offence for which he had not been cited. The prop was cleared to play a part in the return fixture last weekend before the appeal could be heard, and today the appeal against the sentence was successful.

However, that original charge – ‘striking with the knee’ – still hangs over Healy. The appeal committee chaired by Scotland’s Professor Lorne Crerar have ruled that the case be reheard at a later date by a different judicial officer.

Healy is now free to play until that hearing. Leinster face Munster away, Connacht at home and Ospreys away before the Champions Cup resumes.

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