RaboDirect Pro12 - Healy set to face Treviso

Ireland prop Cian Healy is set to participate in Leinster's RaboDirect PRO12 clash with Benetton Treviso on Saturday despite receiving a three-week ban for stamping.

PA Sport
Six Nations - Ireland prop Healy has ban reduced to one game

View photo

Ireland prop Cian Healy (PA Sport)

Healy was suspended by an independent RBS 6 Nations disciplinary committee convened at Heathrow on Wednesday for an incident involving England's Dan Cole in the first half of Saturday's 12-6 defeat in Dublin.

Under normal circumstances Healy would not have played this weekend, but the hearing chose to defer the ban by one week so that he would miss Ireland's Six Nations matches against Scotland and France. As it currently stands the suspension runs from midnight on Sunday until March 10, leaving him available against Treviso.

Leinster forwards coach Jonno Gibbes has indicated that the European champions intend to select the 25-year-old loosehead.

"Cian is certainly available. (Leinster coach) Joe Schmidt and (Ireland coach) Declan Kidney have talked about the involvement of Test players this weekend," said Gibbes.

"Cian's available and personally I'd be delighted to involve him, he's a really big asset. He will definitely be considered.

"There are complications for others maybe, but he's available for us. It's a game in the break of the Six Nations and he's under consideration."

Ireland have yet to indicate whether they will appeal against the suspension.

View Comments