By Jonathan Davies

France second-row Pascal Pape will miss the rest of the Six Nations after being given a 10 week ban for kneeing Ireland's Jamie Heaslip, which resulted in the No.8 suffering three broken vertebrae.

The Six Nations disciplinary committee said it wanted to ban Pape for 15 weeks, but reduced the ban because of the remorse he showed.

Pape apologised to Heaslip on social media on Tuesday.

The second-row was shown a yellow card by referee Wayne Barnes for the incident during France's 18-11 defeat to Ireland in Dublin on Saturday.

"The Disciplinary Committee decided that the offence should be categorised at the top end of World Rugby's scale of seriousness and set an entry point of a 15-week suspension," said a statement.

"It noted further the absence of aggravating factors and the existence of certain mitigating factors, including the player's admission of foul play and his expressions of remorse for what had occurred and the injury sustained by his opponent, in applying a five week reduction."

Heaslip will miss as least Ireland's crucial tie against England in Dublin. He replied to Pape's social media message accepting his apology. In French, he said: "Rugby is a physical game and one accepts that can happen. I accept your apology completely."