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Kyle Sinckler cited for biting during the Lions’ loss to the Springboks

Kyle Sinckler Lions

British and Irish Lions prop Kyle Sinckler could face a lengthy ban after being cited for biting during Saturday’s second test against South Africa.

The incident, which allegedly occurred during the 64th minute of the Lions’ loss to the Springboks, was not picked up during the match, but will now be dealt with at an independent disciplinary hearing.

“British and Irish Lions player Kyle Sinckler will attend an independent disciplinary hearing after he was cited by Scott Nowland (Australia) for 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,” a World Rugby statement read.

The England prop, who is thought to have bitten Springboks lock Franco Mostert, will attend a disciplinary hearing on Tuesday, in which he will be banned for a minimum of 12 weeks if he is found guilty.

Interestingly, no other incident from the ill-tempered encounter has been cited, despite numerous potential acts of foul play during Saturday’s game in Cape Town.

Lions fullback Stuart Hogg was also accused of biting his opposite number Willie Le Roux during the game, but the Scotsman has not been cited.

Stuart Hogg releases statement denying any wrongdoing.

Hogg released a statement on Sunday after speculation that he may have bitten Le Roux, where he denied any wrongdoing on his part.

“Following speculation that has surfaced online, I would like to categorically deny any foul play in last night’s game,” Hogg’s statement read.

“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.”

Maro Itoje escapes punishment.

Lions lock Maro Itoje can count himself lucky after escaping punishment for kneeling on South African centre Damien De Allende.

Itoje was seen to have pressed his knee down on De Allende’s chest, which the Springboks did not take too kindly to.

The Englishman, who won the man of the match award in the first test, will be free to play in the series decider this Saturday.