Leinster plan to appeal two-week ban on prop Cian Healy

Ireland's Cian Healy.
Ireland's Cian Healy.

Leinster have informed European Players Champions Rugby of their intention to appeal against the two week ban imposed on prop, Cian Healy, on Thursday.

The international front row appeared in Paris on a charge of striking Toulon hooker, Guilhern Guirado with his knee during last weekend’s Pool Five 24-9 defeat at Toulon - their third straight defeat in the Champions Cup.

The striking charge was found to be not proven but the incident was deemed to be foul play.

However, the Irish Province has confirmed they are appealing the decision.

The basis for the appeal will centre on the fact that Cian Healy was called to the independent Disciplinary Hearing in Paris today for allegedly striking RC Toulon hooker Guilhem Guirado in contravention of Law 10.4 (a).

Having heard submissions from both sides and the player himself who denied the charge, the Judicial Officer retired to consider the matter. On returning he informed those present that the charge under Law 10.4 (a) was not proven.

However he went on to find Healy had contravened Law 10.4 (f) which charge had not been put to the player by either the Judicial Officer or EPCR at any stage before or during the Disciplinary Hearing.

Leinster believe that this is a failure to follow due process and is unfair to Cian Healy

Leinster have further requested that the chairman of the Disciplinary Panel lift Cian Healy’s suspension pending the outcome of the appeal, which Leinster are confident will be successful.

Meanwhile, Paul Gustard will become defence coach in Eddie Jones’ new-look England set-up in time for the RBS 6 Nations campaign.

The former Leicester Tigers flanker will remain with Saracens for the next six weeks before assuming his new role with the Rugby Football Union (RFU).

The RFU confirmed Gustard’s appointment yesterday after completing a smooth set of negotiations with Saracens, easing some of the pressure from the continued wrangling over Steve Borthwick’s move to the England set-up from Bristol.

Saracens rugby director Mark McCall has negotiated his wish to keep Gustard on hand at the Aviva Premiership club until mid-January, and that has sealed the 39-year-old’s step into the Test arena.

“To be given the chance with England is hugely humbling and I am thrilled to be involved,” said Gustard.

“I would like to thank Saracens for allowing me to leave and take up this opportunity. I hope that experience will stand me in good stead for this next challenge.

“This has been a difficult decision to make, but to coach England is an opportunity you just don’t turn down. I have enjoyed 10 wonderful years at Saracens as a player and as a coach.”

“It’s been an incredible journey. I have made some amazing memories as part of such a special group, but there is a very exciting opportunity ahead for me that I’m really looking forward to.

“My focus now is the next six weeks by helping this brilliant playing and coaching group prepare for some important games.”