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Published: 15:48 | 14/6/16

Stander appeal unlikely


Ireland are unlikely to appeal the one-week ban handed down to CJ Stander.

The Munster player was suspended for the red card he was shown following his collision with Pat Lambie during the first half of Ireland's 26-20 win over South Africa on Saturday.

Ireland have the right to appeal the decision but they have yet to receive disciplinary officer Terry Willis' written judgement and are already planning for Saturday's second Test against the Springboks.

Skills and kicking coach Richie Murphy has confirmed that an appeal is unlikely given the short timeframe before Saturday's game at Ellis Park.

When asked whether Ireland would appeal the ban, Murphy told reporters: "Unfortunately we can't make that decision yet because we haven't received the notification, the report, at the moment.

"We're in a situation where we're halfway through the training week already. CJ obviously hasn't been training with the team so it's a situation where it's probably a little bit too late already."

Stander's hearing took place over two days and the management team are disappointed with the length of time it took for a decision to be reached.

"We're disappointed. We're disappointed in the verdict. It's one of those things where a player's got injured on the pitch and we're disappointed for that as well, that was never the intention from CJ," Murphy said.

"I suppose the process that he's gone through over the last three days has just taken forever. It's been very slow. So, that's something that's probably gone against CJ at this stage.

"CJ will be missed but with that it gives opportunities to other guys like Rhys Ruddock who has had a really good season this year. We've got Rhys there who can step into his shoes, if needed."

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