Six Nations
Flannery appeal dismissed
March 3, 2010
Ireland hooker Jerry Flannery catches the ball during training at the RDS, Dublin, November 14, 2009
Jerry Flannery will miss the rest of the Six Nations © Getty Images
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Ireland hooker Jerry Flannery will miss the remainder of the Six Nations after failing in his appeal against a six-week ban for kicking France wing Alexis Palisson.

Flannery was also spared further sanction following a cross-appeal from the Six Nations disciplinary officer, which enabled the committee to increase the length of Flannery's suspension if deemed appropriate. The committee confirmed the original findings in a meeting at a London Hotel on Wednesday, endorsing the original sanction.

In his original hearing Flannery admitted he had deserved a red card for lashing out at Brive wing Palisson in the 33-10 defeat in Paris on February 13, with the France back subsequently limping out of the game with a dead leg. The disciplinary panel found Flannery had been reckless but not deliberate in his actions and decided the offence was mid-range in its severity.

Palisson returned to action in France's win over Wales last weekend, scoring an intercept try in a 26-20 win in Cardiff. Flannery's guilty plea and the remorse he showed for Palisson's injury allowed for two weeks to be shaved off the mid-range sanction of eight. Flannery will now miss Ireland's Triple Crown meetings with Wales and Scotland.


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