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Sunday 4 December 2016

Leinster's Healy to face third hearing in London

Healy was cited earlier this month for allegedly striking Toulon hooker Guilhem Guirado with his knee. Picture credit: Seb Daly / SPORTSFILE
Healy was cited earlier this month for allegedly striking Toulon hooker Guilhem Guirado with his knee. Picture credit: Seb Daly / SPORTSFILE

The never-ending saga over Cian Healy's citing should be concluded at a third hearing in London today.

The Ireland international will be charged with an action against Guilhem Guirado contrary to Law 10.4 (a) Striking with the Knee.

Although the charge was found to be unproven in the original citing, Healy will appear before a different Independent Judicial Officer in Jeremy Summers from England.

The sanctions are up to three weeks for a Low-End entry, anything up to eight weeks for the Mid-Range and from there to 52 weeks for a Top-End offence.

Meanwhile, Robin Copeland and Dave O'Callaghan have signed on for two more years at Munster.

Wexford man Copeland has begun to show his worth in the absence of injured club captain Peter O'Mahony in the back row.

The Kilkenny graduate started out as a second row which gives him the utility value of being able to operate in the second row.

Twenty-five year old O'Callaghan, from Youghal, is another multi-purpose back five forward, who has started ten times this season.

The extension will come as a significant boost as he rehabilitates an adductor injury suffered against Leicester Tigers that will take five weeks out of his season.

"With Robin and Dave we are maintaining the services of two hugely physical players that each bring different skill-sets to our overall game," said coach Anthony Foley.

In addition, Rory Scannell, in his third year in The Academy, will move onto a Development Contract next season, moving onto a senior deal in 2017.

"Similar to Dave, we are fortunate to have further home-grown talent like Rory make their way up through the ranks," said Foley.

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