12 Dec, 14:42
Prop Cian Healy is expected to miss the start of the 2014 RBS 6 Nations after undergoing surgery on his injured ankle on Wednesday.
The Union also notes the lessons to be learned by players and administrators as highlighted in the Appeal Tribunal's findings regarding the rules relating to completion of forms about drugs and other medications.
Notwithstanding the seriousness of the issues, the IRFU wishes Mr. Sheahan well in his future playing career, which resumes forthwith, and with his asthma-related medical condition.
The IRFU further strongly reiterates that it fully subscribes to the anti-doping programmes of the Irish Sports Council, the International Rugby Board and the European Rugby Cup. The IRFU's determination to be proactive in this regard is outlined in the statistic that some 103 tests were carried out in the past season, from club to international team level.