4 Dec, 10:19
Grand Slam winners Fiona Coghlan and Nora Stapelton have returned the Women's RBS 6 Nations trophy to Chief Executive John Feehan at the Six Nations offices in Dublin.
They considered the submissions made by and on behalf of Ireland Jerry Flannery, together with the cross-appeal made by the Six Nations Disciplinary Officer, which was also dismissed.
The appeal committee upheld the original disciplinary committee's finding that the act of foul play was in the mid-range of offending defined by IRB Regulation 17 and that the level of net mitigation applied was within the correct margin of appreciation.
Flannery will miss the remainder of Ireland's RBS 6 Nations campaign - the home games against Wales and Scotland.
His six-week ban expires on March 29, meaning he will be available for Munster's Magners League clash with Leinster (April 2) and their Heineken Cup quarter-final against Northampton Saints (April 10).