Rugby Union: Australian Arnold has ‘biting’ ban overturned

BLOEMFONTEIN, SOUTH AFRICA - AUGUST 31: Rory Arnold of the GWK Griquas during the Absa Currie Cup match between Toyota Free State Cheetahs and GWK Griquas at Free State Stadium on August 31, 2013 in Bloemfontein, South Africa. (Photo by Johan Pretorius/Gallo Images)

Australian Rory Arnold had a seven-match South African Currie Cup ban overturned Monday by a national rugby body disciplinary committee.

The 2.08-metre Griquas lock appealed after being suspended last Wednesday for allegedly biting Cheetahs hooker Ethienne Reynecke.

Arnold was red carded two weeks ago when Reynecke showed the referee bite marks on his arm after the Australian scored a pushover try.

Griquas, who lost 40-20 in Bloemfontein, welcomed the decision as they had hired the 130-kilogram forward to solve a lock injury crisis.

Arnold opted for the August-October Currie Cup season after lining up with New South Wales-Queensland Country against the British and Irish Lions in June.


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