Ireland hooker Jerry Flannery will miss the rest of the RBS 6 Nations Championship after receiving a six-week ban for his kick on Alexis Palisson last weekend.
The 31-year-old has been cited for the kick on Palisson, which forced the Frenchmen having to leave the field with a dead leg, despite referee Wayne Barnes only reversing a penalty decision for the incident at the itme.
The Munster player pleaded guilty at a disciplinary hearing in Dublin earlier today and admitted the offence deserved a red card.
He has subsequently been banned until March 29 which means missing Ireland’s remaining 6 Nations games against England, Wales and Scotland although the incident was judged reckless rather than deliberate by the panel,
Flannery has the option to appeal the ban but the Irish Rugby Football Union has stated it will wait to review the written judgment before considering any further action.
Ulster hooker Rory Best looks set to fill the void left by Flannery after replacing him in the second-half of Ireland’s opening 6 Nations games against Italy and France.