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England player may be cited over bite

England are set to discover on Monday evening whether one of their players will face disciplinary action for allegedly biting the finger of Ireland flanker Stephen Ferris.

The accusation was made to referee Nigel Owens in the 28th minute of England's 30-9 victory at Twickenham on Saturday. Owens did not see the alleged incident but confirmed to the two captains, Chris Robshaw and Rory Best, that it would be looked into after the match.

The independent citing commissioner Alberto Recalbini has until 6.30pm on Monday to study all incidents in the match and decide whether to cite any players.

When Owens addressed Robshaw and Best he said: "I have an accusation of biting, a clear mark on the finger. I did not see something. If I do it will be dealt with severely, which would be a red card.

"It could be dealt with afterwards. If it is seen it will be dealt with. I did not see it.

"Have a word. Nothing like that takes place in this game. I can only deal with what I see. Have a word please.

"I have had a look. Unless I can see it, it's been dealt with, okay?"

As the two forward packs then set themselves for a scrum, Owens added: "This game is difficult enough without stuff like that, is that clear?"

Owens then approached Ferris while he was receiving treatment from the physio and said: "I have done all I can. It has been noted. If I don't see it I can't do nothing about it. It has been spoken about and dealt with."

Under International Rugby Board regulations, the lowest entry level suspension for biting is 12 weeks with the maximum being four years.


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