Irish management to review Flannery suspension decision

THE Ireland management will review the written judgment of a Six Nations disciplinary committee that handed down a six-week suspension to hooker Jerry Flannery arising out of an incident during last Saturday’s Ireland-France clash in Paris.

Kidney yesterday described Flannery’s clash with France wing Alexis Palisson as “awkward” and said Ireland would review the written judgment before deciding whether or not to appeal his six-week ban. “It was awkward when you look at it on telly repeatedly, which is the way citings are done,” said Kidney. “Jerry has put up his hand and said it was just one of these clumsy things. I believe there was no intent.

“However, we’ll wait and see the judgment as we do in all of these cases. Depending on what’s written down we’ll take a look at that and take best advice as what way we’ll proceed. You never want to see a guy out for any longer than he has to be. I don’t think in any way was it a deliberate act; it was just a bit awkward. He and us are paying the penalty.”

Ireland’s bid to get their Six Nations back on track after the Paris derailment began in Cork this week with Kidney admitting that the squad is determined to learn from their mistakes that cost them a shot at back-to-back Grand Slam success.

Kidney spoke of “disappointment” and “frustration” in the camp following the Paris debacle, a game he said they examined with a fine tooth comb in Cork this week. “Like we do in any game, we take a good hard look at it,’’ he said.

“Obviously, when you lose by a big score you take another go at it but if you dwell too much on it then it’s not so good. We had a good look at it and chatted to the players, asked them what they felt and it actually linked up with what we thought ourselves, so that’s a good sign.!

“Obviously, there’s a multitude of smaller issues but I wouldn’t be going into them here. Small things when they add up can make a huge difference. Nobody drops a ball on purpose, but a tilt in the scrum or maybe the angle that a fellah’s at. When you add all those things together it has a positive effect some days and then other days they go against you and it has a negative effect. Saturday was one of those days.

“It’s just like every other facet of life dealing with disappointment: you can either sit down and moan about it, or you can take a look at it, try and learn from it and move on. It’s a case of how quickly do you move on. That’s Saturday week (against England) , that’s our aim. Everybody reacts differently to every situation but we’ve always taken one match at a time whether we’ve won it or lost it in the past.

“There’s nothing surer in sport than that you are going to lose a game at some stage, whether you lose or you’re being beaten, that can change your mind-set. It was a bit of both last Saturday and we just need to get ourselves ready for the next game in the same way as if we had won.”


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