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Malherbe biting allegation a malicious non-event

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, RWC 2015, Springboks on 8 Oct 2015 at 12:39
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World Rugby has issued a statement in response to a spurious allegation from right-wing English tabloid the Daily Mail, accusing Bok tighthead prop Frans Malherbe of biting an oppoennt during his side’s 64-0 annihilation of the US Eagles in Newham yesterday.

Taking a still image out of context, the paper alleges that Malherbe bit Eagles lock Matt Trouville. World Rugby has completely denied the incident, issuing the following statement:

“Independent Citing Commissioner Peter Larter (England) is satisfied that no biting incident occurred during the Rugby World Cup 2015 Pool B match between South Africa and USA on 7 October. Larter’s determination follows a detailed review of all video footage, an absence of a team referral and proactive dismissal by the USA team of claims made via social media that a South Africa player bit a USA player during the match. This matter highlights the need to exercise caution in respect of claims based on two-dimensional images.”


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