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Small print to be read on O'Brien decision, but Ireland unlikely to appeal

The Tullow man will have a watching brief in the Millennium Stadium this weekend.

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Sean Farrell reports from Cardiff

IRELAND ARE NOT expected to appeal the one-week ban handed down to flanker Sean O’Brien after he was cited for a punch to the body of France lock Pascale Pape.

Scrum coach Greg Feek today left the door open the appeal, saying they would wait until the long form of the decision comes through to the the union’s legal representative Max Duthie.

“We’ll wait for the written information to come through, we’ll analyse that and see whether we’ll appeal or not. That’s important that we do that before we do anything,” said Feek.

However, after an arduous eight-hour hearing in London yesterday, it is understood that Ireland would be hard-pressed to go through the process a second time in such a vital week on the field in Cardiff.

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