Friday 15 December 2017

Pape appeal thrown out


Pascal Pape's Six Nations career has ended in acrimony after the France lock lost his appeal against a 10-week ban for kneeing Ireland's Jamie Heaslip in the back.

Pape had claimed the 10-week sanction was "excessive and disproportionate", but a Six Nations disciplinary committee threw out his case at a hearing in London.

The 34-year-old is set to retire from Test rugby after the autumn's World Cup.

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