Munster and Ireland prop John Hayes has had his ban for stamping on Leinster’s Cian Healy in the Magners League clash between Leinster and Munster reduced by a week.
The original suspension was due to run until November 14 but will now end on November 7 after an IRFU Appeal Committee today decided the initial six week ban was a bit on the harsh side.
However, neither Munster nor Ireland have have any fixtures from November 7 to 14 so the one week reduction in the ban is academic.
Hayes missed last weekend’s defeat to Northampton in the European Cup and will also will miss Saturday’s clash with Treviso in Limerick.
But he will be available for Ireland’s November International series, which is due to begin on 15 November with a Test match against Australia.
He will also be able to line out for a club side in the All-Ireland League. He is currently registered with AIL Division Two side Bruff player but has played most of his AIL rugby for Shannon. The Belfast Harlequins game might just suit the Bull down to the ground. A source close to Bruff RFC refused to rule out the possibility.
Meantime, once upon a time if you told a rugby player he was cited he’d assume you meant he was spotted falling out of the Duck & Drake at some ungodly hour of the morning.
But since the advent of the pro game players are now being cited every weekend – and it has nothing to do with being spotted flagging down a medivac after drinking gallons of porter.
Leinster flanker Shane Jennings is the latest to fall foul of the rules after allegedly making contact with the eye or eye area of London Irish lock Nick Kennedy during the defending champions’ defeat to the Exiles in the European Cup in Dublin last weekend.
Kennedy later admitted that he may have over-reacted – you wouldn’t have been trying to get Jennings yellow carded now would you Nick?
Nevertheless, the match citing commissioner Richard McGhee, from Scotland, decided Jennings has a case to answer. His case will be held tomorrow, Wednesday.
Meanwhile, the quote of the week must go to Ospreys coach Scott Johnson who compared last weekends 32-32 draw with Leicester to kissing his mother in law.
How does he know? Did he snog her indoors?
Munster have named a 26-man squad for next Saturday’s visit of Italians side Treviso to Thomond Park next Saturday.
Treviso beat French champions Perpignan last weekend and in a typical “understated” Italian reaction to the win team manager Franco Properzi (great name) claimed the victory was “the greatest in our Heineken Cup history.”
Is there another historic victory in them this weekend?