The IRFU has confirmed that it is to appeal Cian Healy’s three-week suspension imposed by the Six Nations’ independent disciplinary committee.

The hearing for Healy’s appeal is likely to take place mid-week next week.

Healy’s ban was handed out for a stamp by the loosehead prop on Dan Cole’s ankle in the clash against England on 10 February, with a three-week ban starting from 17 February, and running until 10 March, meaning Healy would miss the Six Nations clashes with Scotland (23 February) and France (9 March).

The three-week ban started on 17 February, with the independent  disciplinary committee understanding that Healy would also not feature for Leinster against Treviso in the RaboDirect PRO12 on 16 February, essentially making the ban a four-week suspension.

The IRFU will be appealing the decision to impose a ban starting from the weekend after the incident occurred, rather than the day the incident was cited, which in this case was 12 February.

If the IRFU successfully appeal to have the ban retroactively commenced on 12 February, Healy will be eligible to play for Ireland against France on 9 March.