Leinster Suffer Cian Healy Blow
Leinster’s Cian Healy will miss the province’s Champions Cup clash with Toulon and Pro12 derby with Munster after receiving a two-week ban for foul play.
Healy was cited following Leinster’s defeat to the European champions last weekend but a charge of striking with the knee, which could have attracted a much lengthier ban, was dismissed.
Leinster face Toulon in the return fixture at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday while the two-week ban also means the Ireland prop will miss out on the trip to face Munster at Thomond Park on December 27.
At an independent disciplinary hearing in Paris today, the judicial officer, Roger Morris (Wales), decided that the charge of striking could not be proven but that Healy had committed an act of foul play and amended the charge to “dangerous charging or obstructing or grabbing of an opponent without the ball, including shouldering – Law 10.4 (f) and Law 10.4 (k).”
The judicial officer found that the offence was at the low end of World Rugby’s sanctions and selected two weeks as the appropriate entry point, with no reduction available due to previous suspensions.