Ireland’s Stephen Ferris has been cleared by the Six Nations Disciplinary Committee, chaired by Antony Davies (England) together with Douglas Hunter (Scotland) and John Doubleday (England), in London, following the player’s yellow card against Wales in Sunday’s RBS 6 Nations 2012 opening fixture.
Ferris received a yellow card for lifting a player above the horizontal in a tackle, in a move which also resulted in the winning penalty for Wales. The Committee took the decision not to uphold the player’s citing – in contrast to the ban handed down to Wales’ Bradley Davies earlier.
Ireland are free to select Stephen Ferris for their RBS 6 Nations match against France on Saturday at the Stade de France.
France v Ireland will kick-off at 20:00 GMT (21:00 CET) on the evening of Saturday February 11th 2012.
France is a republic and the largest Western European nation. Through expansion and colonisation in the 17th and 18th centuries France became a great power and still retains territories around the world. It has a seat on the UN security council and is the world’s fourth most wealthy country with a high standard of living and strong cultural identity.
Ireland is an island in the North Atlantic. It is separated from Great Britain to its east by the North Channel, the Irish Sea, and St George’s Channel.
Geopolitically, Ireland is divided between the Republic of Ireland (officially named Ireland), which covers five-sixths of the island, and Northern Ireland, which is part of the United Kingdom. As of 2016, 4.8 million people live in the Republic of Ireland, and 1.8 million live in Northern Ireland.
The Irish climate is influenced by the Atlantic Ocean and thus very moderate, and winters are milder than expected for such a northerly area, although summers are cooler than those in continental Europe. Rainfall and cloud cover are abundant.
A strong Irish culture exists, as expressed through Gaelic games, Irish music and the Irish language. The island’s culture shares many features with that of Great Britain, including the English language, and sports such as association football, rugby, horse racing, and golf.