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Monday 18 December 2017

Decision on Pape delayed

France must sweat still further on Pascal Pape's RBS 6 Nations campaign after his disciplinary case over kneeing Jamie Heaslip in the back was adjourned until today.

The 34-year-old lock could yet be banned for the rest of the tournament for the crude challenge in Ireland's 18-11 win on Saturday, that left Heaslip with three broken vertebrae in his back.

Irish flanker Peter O'Mahony, meanwhile, is the latest Ireland star to reject a move to France after signing a new three-year contract with Munster.

The 25-year-old club captain has committed to Thomond Park until June 2018. Toulouse and a host of French Top 14 clubs were understood to have monitored O'Mahony's situation, but the talismanic back-rower has opted instead to stick to his roots.

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