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Cockerill ban dates brought forward

Leicester director of rugby Richard Cockerill has failed in his bid to overturn a nine-game suspension but has succeeded in having the dates of it moved.

Cockerill received the ban earlier this month when he was found guilty of using words that were "obscene, inappropriate and unprofessional" during the Aviva Premiership final on May 25.

Cockerill was reacting to a Courtney Lawes tackle on Toby Flood and took the matter up with fourth official Stuart Terheege and, although he pleaded not guilty, he was deemed to have acted in an "inappropriate and unprofessional" manner.

He was banned until November 3 and after his appeal, the length of his ban stands but will now run from August 24 through to October 18.

The ban will include pre-season friendlies with Jersey and Ulster and conclude after the Heineken Cup clash with Treviso.

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