France lock Pascal Pape has appealed against his 10-week ban for kneeing Ireland’s Jamie Heaslip in the back. Photograph: Franck Fife/AFP/Getty Images

France lock Pascal Pape has appealed against his 10-week ban for kneeing Ireland’s Jamie Heaslip in the back, claiming the suspension “was excessive a(...)

Northampton captain Dylan Hartley is shown a red card by referee JP Doyle during an Aviva Premiership game against Leicester Tigers in December. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

It feels very strange to be looking forward to an England team coming to Dublin this weekend and not wanting to hate them. This is probably one of (...)

Referee Wayne Barnes shows Pascal Papé a yellow card for kneeing Jamie Heaslip at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

The independent disciplinary panel which handed French lock Pascal Papé a ten week ban yesterday for kneeing Jamie Heaslip in the back did so after d(...)

Referee Wayne Barnes shows Pascal Papé a yellow card for kneeing Jamie Heaslip at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

The independent disciplinary panel which handed French lock Pascal Papé a ten week ban yesterday for kneeing Jamie Heaslip in the back did so after d(...)

Pascal Pape (No 4) of France receives a yellow card from  referee Wayne Barnes for kneeing Ireland’s Jamie Heaslip in the back during the Six Nations match  at the Aviva Stadium  in Dublin. Photograph: Michael Steele/Getty Images

France must sweat still further on Pascal Pape’s Six Nations campaign after his disciplinary case over kneeing Jamie Heaslip in the back was adjourne(...)

Ireland’s Jamie Heaslip stands for the National Anthem against France. He was substituted after 60 minutes with a back injury. Photograph:  James Crombie/ Inpho

Jamie Heaslip will miss Ireland’s next Six Nations Championship match against England at the Aviva Stadium on Sunday week after scans revealed that(...)

Ireland’s Jamie Heaslip goes off injured during the 18-11 win over France.  Photograph: Ryan Byrne / Inpho

Jamie Heaslip will miss the Six Nations clash with England on March 1st after fracturing vertebrae in the win over France on Saturday.A scan on the Ir(...)

Pascal Papé has been cited for his knee to the back of Jamie Heaslip during Ireland’s 18-11 Six Nations win over France at the Aviva. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

Pascal Pape has been cited for striking Ireland number eight Jamie Heaslip with his knee during Saturday’s Six Nations Championship match at the Av(...)

Paul O’Connell and his team-mates had the character and fitness levels to withstand the charge of the French bench in the second half. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

The Great AK was right; ‘no amount of analytical physics can open a door’ but in the end energy, team spirit and tactical nous can close many a French(...)

RBS 6 Nations Championship, Aviva Stadium, Dublin 14/2/2015Ireland vs France Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Ryan Byrne

It was all we’ve come to expect from modern-day Test rugby, brutally physical, suffocatingly tight, as taut as a wire and absorbing until the very fin(...)