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‘I would never bite an opponent’ – Stuart Hogg denies biting South Africa fullback Willie Le Roux

Stuart Hogg

The alleged incident happened in the second half of the second test on Saturday.

British and Irish Lions full back and Scotland captain, Stuart Hogg, has vehemently denied allegations that he bit South African fullback Willie Le Roux during the Lions’ second test defeat.

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The Lions‘ were defeated 27-9 as the Springboks asserted their dominance in a blockbuster second half performance. The Lions’ led at the break 9-6. However, tries from Makazole Mapimpi and Lukhanyo Am and accurate goal kicking from Handre Pollard laid the ground work for an impressive win.

This means that it’s winner takes all in next Saturday’s third and final test to decide the series.

To make matters worse for Warren Gatland and his team, it soon emerged following the game that Hogg was facing serious allegations which he has refuted. Images and videos posted online appear to show Hogg’s face in contact with the South African Willie le Roux.

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Hogg now faces a nervous wait to see if he faces any punishment. However, on Sunday morning he released a statement through the official Lions’ channel.

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

The official citing window has been extended by 24 hours giving the authorities until later today to announce their decision.

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