Ferris Cleared

Ireland V New Zealand

Ferris, pictured in action against the All Blacks, is available to play France on Saturday. (c) Martin Dobey.

Stephen Ferris has been cleared of dangerous play by an Independent Six Nations Disciplinary Committee at a hearing in London today. The Ireland flanker was cited following his yellow card in Sunday’s loss to Wales.  Meanwhile, Wales second-row Bradley Davies has been banned for seven weeks for his off-the-ball spear tackle on Donnacha Ryan in the same game. If you missed either incident, you can check them out here.

Ferris took to Twitter to express his relief at the ruling. The Ulster back-row tweeted, “Thank goodness that is all over. Happy man.” He followed that up by saying he wants to move on from the episode: “Thanks for all the MSG of support from all my followers. It’s in the past, now let’s look to what lies ahead. #6Nations”.

Ireland name their squad to play France tomorrow, and Ferris will expect to be part of the starting fifteen. France have already named their squad, making four changes up front. Tomorrow on The Touchline we’ll have a Scout’s Report on France, where we look at the strengths and weaknesses of Philippe Saint-Andre’s team.

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Photo courtesy: Martin Dobey.

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