Griqua’s Arnold cleared to resume playing

2013-09-10 00:00

GRIQUAS Australian lock Rory Arnold was yesterday cleared to resume playing after his appeal against a conviction for biting was overturned by a Saru disciplinary committee.

Arnold was suspended for seven matches last week for allegedly biting Free State Cheetahs replacement hooker Ethienne Reynecke on the arm in the 62nd minute of their Currie Cup clash in Bloemfontein.

Arnold pleaded not guilty to the charge and in his defence said that the downward pressure on his head, while trying to cross the tryline with his mouth open, had caused the marks on the arm of the Cheetahs player.

However, the judicial officer made the decision by “relying particularly on the victim’s immediate and spontaneous reactions and the doctor’s evidence”.

The committee ruled that the bite mark could have been caused by the downward pressure applied on Arnold’s head, and in turn on Reynecke’s arm, while trying to score the try with his mouth open. Arnold is free to resume playing with immediate effect.

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