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Australia lock Dean Mumm available to face England after avoiding sanction

Published 29/11/2016

Dean Mumm is available for Australia at Twickenham this weekend
Dean Mumm is available for Australia at Twickenham this weekend

Australia's Dean Mumm has been cleared to face England at Twickenham on Saturday after avoiding a suspension for his dangerous tackle on Ireland's Tadhg Furlong last weekend.

Former Exeter Chiefs lock Mumm was sin-binned in Australia's 27-24 loss to Ireland in Dublin at the weekend, for failing to bring Furlong safely to ground in a tackle.

Mumm avoided a red card at the Aviva Stadium with referee Jerome Garces explaining to both captains on the field the tackle was "not dynamic" and therefore did not warrant a sending off.

Now disciplinary bosses have backed up that decision, leaving Mumm free to play for the Wallabies at Twickenham.

A statement from autumn international disciplinary said: "The disciplinary committee concluded that, although Mr Mumm had committed an act of foul play, the particular circumstances of the incident meant that Mr Mumm's actions would not have warranted a red card.

"Accordingly, no sanction was imposed and Mr Mumm is therefore free to resume playing immediately.

"Mr Mumm accepted that he had committed an act of foul play (for which he had been yellow-carded) but asserted that it would not have warranted a red card."

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