Six Nations 2015: Pascal Pape suspension appeal fails

Pascal Pape escaped with a yellow card from referee Wayne Barnes
Pascal Pape was shown a yellow card by referee Wayne Barnes in Dublin

France lock Pascal Pape has failed to overturn a 10-week suspension for kneeing Ireland's Jamie Heaslip in the back last month.

The 34-year-old Stade Francais second row was shown a yellow card by referee Wayne Barnes in the 52nd minute of Ireland's 18-11 win in Dublin.

Heaslip was replaced in the second half after damaging three vertebrae.

An independent appeal committee ruled Pape's suspension would stand following a hearing on Tuesday.

Pape will miss the remainder of the Six Nations - games against Italy and England - and can only return to action on May 18.

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