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Sport Lions player cited for biting - but it's Kyle Sinckler not Stuart Hogg

22:35  01 august  2021
22:35  01 august  2021 Source:   scotsman.com

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British and Irish Lions player Kyle Sinckler will attend an independent disciplinary hearing after he was cited for biting during the defeat by South Africa in the second Test.

a group of young men playing a game of football © Kyle Sinckler, centre, in the thick of the action during the second Test between South Africa and th...

There are no additional citings following a full review of the match.

Stuart Hogg, the Lions full-back, was accused in the South African press of biting opposite number Willie Le Roux in Saturday’s 27-9 defeat, prompting the Scotland captain to issued a strong denial.

Sinckler, a replacement prop for the Lions, will attend an independent disciplinary hearing after he was cited by Scott Nowland of Australia for what governing body World Rugby described as “an act of foul play contrary to Law 9.12 (biting) during the 64th minute of the second test against South Africa in Cape Town on 31 July, 2021”.

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The disciplinary hearing will take place on Wednesday via video conference before an independent judicial committee chaired by Adam Casselden SC (Australia), who will be joined by former international players David Croft and John Langford (both Australia).

Biting is treated severely by rugby’s judiciary and carries a low-end punishment of a 12-week ban, rising to in excess of 24 weeks for serious offences. The maximum length of suspension is 208 weeks.

Hogg’s head made contact with the left arm of Le Roux when tempers flared in the second half of a fractious second Test at Cape Town Stadium.

Footage and stills of the incident have been circulated on social media, but the Scotland captain rejected claims that he bit his opposite number.

“Following speculation that has surfaced online, I would like to categorically deny any foul play in last night’s game,” Hogg said in a statement released by the Lions.

“I would never bite an opponent and I am annoyed and upset by this unsubstantiated accusation. I’ve always been proud of playing rugby in the spirit of the game.

“Respect to the Springboks for their deserved win yesterday. The squad is hurting after last night’s defeat, but it’s all to play for next week. It’s going to be a cup final and everyone’s going to be up for it.”

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