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Marty Holah cleared for Ospreys European double-header

Marty Holah
Marty Holah has featured in most of the Ospreys games this season

Marty Holah has been cleared to play for the Ospreys in their European double-header with Munster.

The influential back-rower's appeal against his two-week has been successful after a hearing on Friday.

The New Zealander was cited following the 33-16 win over Edinburgh and was suspended for a fortnight by a Welsh Rugby Union disciplinary committee.

The 34-year-old flanker has been found guilty of tripping Chris Paterson and playing an opponent without the ball.

Both offences were deemed to be "mid-range" but the WRU professional disciplinary panel, chaired by Terry Vaux, gave Holah a two-week ban on Tuesday after mitigating factors were taken into account.

But the Ospreys appealed the decision and now influential open-side flanker Holah is available to take his place in the Ospreys side to face two-time European champions Munster in their Heineken Cup Pool Three clash at Thomond Park on Sunday.

A WRU professional disciplinary panel, chaired by Roger Morris, upheld the Ospreys' appeal at the Millennium Stadium on Friday.

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