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Real blow for Leinster as prop Cian Healy is handed ban

By Nick Purewal

Leinster prop Cian Healy has been suspended for two weeks following an independent disciplinary hearing in London yesterday.

Healy was cited by match citing commissioner John Byett for striking Toulon hooker Guilhem Guirado with his knee during Leinster's European Rugby Champions Cup clash on December 13.

Healy pleaded not guilty to the offence of striking and independent judicial officer Jeremy Summers heard submissions from the player, Leinster's head of rugby operations Guy Easterby, the club's legal representative Derek Hegarty and from European Professional Club Rugby (EPCR) disciplinary officer Liam McTiernan.

In upholding the citing complaint, Summers decided Healy had committed a reckless act of foul play and found that the offence was at the low end of World Rugby's sanctions.

He selected a three-week ban and then reduced the sanction by one week taking into account the player's good character and good conduct during the hearing.

Healy is free to play on Monday, January 11 and both he and EPCR have the right to appeal the decision.

Meanwhile, Leinster coach Leo Cullen has made 11 changes to his starting team from the side which saw off Munster in Thomond Park last weekend.

Luke McGrath and Jonny Sexton are among the returnees, while centre Ben Te'o, set to move to Worcester at the end of the season, also starts.

Connacht are boosted by the return from injury of hooker Tom McCartney and openside flanker Jake Heenan.

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