Irish hooker Jerry Flannery has been suspended for a period of six weeks after a Six Nations disciplinary committee upheld the citing against him for kicking an opponent in last weekend’s match between France and Ireland at the Stade de France. This rules him out of the rest of the tournament.
Flannery conceded that his action should have warranted a red card and this was taken into account by the committee. He will be free to play again on Monday 29th March and has the right to appeal.
What are your thoughts? How will this affect Ireland’s hopes of Six Nations success? Are players’ cynical actions and the disciplinary procedures having too great an effect on this year’s tournament?