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5 March 2013; Ireland's Cian Healy during a press conference ahead of their side's RBS Six Nations Rugby Championship game against France on Saturday. Ireland Rugby Squad Press Conference, Carton House, Maynooth, Co. Kildare. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE

5 March 2013; Ireland's Cian Healy during a press conference ahead of their side's RBS Six Nations Rugby Championship game against France on Saturday. Ireland Rugby Squad Press Conference, Carton House, Maynooth, Co. Kildare. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE

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5 March 2013; Ireland's Cian Healy during a press conference ahead of their side's RBS Six Nations Rugby Championship game against France on Saturday. Ireland Rugby Squad Press Conference, Carton House, Maynooth, Co. Kildare. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE

IRELAND loosehead Cian Healy became a victim of hate mail, a single "rough" letter posted to the IRFU, on foot of his stamp on England tighthead Dan Cole.

"I shifted that one quick enough because it takes a certain type of person to write hate mail letter," said Healy.

The four-week suspension that was reduced to three weeks on appeal for stamping on Cole's outstretched legs was a solitary reminder of the fine line Healy treads between physicality and illegality.

"I had to look back on it because I wasn't aware there was something wrong until I picked up the phone and there were a lot of heavy messages on it," voiced Healy.

"It was bad. I was pretty disappointed looking over it because it wouldn't be how I play. It was a case of not doing what I meant to do right. It wasn't very professional.

"I back myself to be a hard, physical player, pretty annoying to play against. When people were saying (I was) 'dirty' to me, I was taken aback thinking: 'Jesus, what's after happening here?' It will take you down a few pegs, it will.

"I am after learning that you're not going to change too many people's opinion too quickly. I just leave them to think how they want and get on with how I go.

MISFIRED

"I went to do something and didn't do it correctly. It misfired completely. I deserved to get sanctioned for it. It is something I will move on from, try to put it behind me."

It wasn't the first time Healy has come face-to-face with a video nasty. He was on the receiving end of a boot to the head by retired Ireland tighthead John Hayes which earned the Limerick man his first and only red card in October 2009. He doesn't revel in the role of the perpetrator now. He didn't embrace the role of the victim back then: "At the time, I wanted to kill him," said Healy.

"You've got to park that. I knew from being around him (Hayes), it wasn't how he was. It is easy enough to get over that sort of thing".

Healy does not entertain the theory that this one act of indiscipline will dent his prospects of travelling on the Lions tour to Australia.

"I've got a lot of games left in this season. I will back myself to keep performing. If something comes off the back of it, it does, If it doesn't, it doesn't".

Have you talked to Dan Cole about the incident? "No." Do you intend to? "It would be nice to talk to him during the summer." It would be even nicer to do it with a win against tighthead Nicolas Mas and France under his belt.


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