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The appeal of Pascal Pape was heard today at London Heathrow before an independent Six Nations Appeal Committee, chaired by Roger Morris (Wales), together with Antony Davies (England) and Mike Hamlin (England). The independent Six Nations Disciplinary Committee had originally found that Mr Pape had committed an act of foul play under law 10.4(a) of World Rugby’s laws of the game (striking with the knee) in the RBS 6 Nations match between Ireland and France on 14 February 2015 and consequently imposed a ten-week suspension. Mr Pape appealed against the sanction.

The Appeal Committee, having considered submissions on behalf of the player and on behalf of the Six Nations Disciplinary Officer, dismissed the appeal with the result that the original sanction of a ten-week suspension stands, with Pascal Pape able to return to play on 18 May 2015.

Law 10.4(a): Punching or striking.
A player must not strike an opponent with the fist or arm, including the elbow, shoulder, head or knee(s).

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