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Lions prop Cian Healy cleared of biting allegations

By Conor George

Cian Healy’s Lions Tour is still hanging in the balance despite being cleared of acts contrary to good sportsmanship, following a two and a half hour hearing today in Brisbane.


Healy was cited following an incident in the 17th minute of the opening match of the DHL Australia 2013 Lions Tour on Wednesday evening under Law 10.4 m Acts contrary to good sportsmanship against Emirates Western Force scrumhalf, Brett Sheehan.


Hearing the case Judicial Officer, Nigel Hampton QC, found insufficient evidence to support the allegations and cleared Healy.


In his findings Mr Hampton stated that on the balance of probabilities he was not satisfied that Healy bit Force scrumhalf, Brett Sheehan.


 “There is no conclusive video evidence of the incident and post-match it was not possible to distinguish any discernible bite marks outside of the ‘regular’ marks usually found following a Rugby match,” Mr Hampton said in his findings.


Healy is cleared to remain with the Lions but his Tour is still hanging in the balance because of his ankle injury


“I cannot find proven on the balance of probabilities that there was a deliberate bite here, and the citing complaint is not upheld.”


Healy is not scheduled to undergo a scan at 6am Irish time to determine the extent of his ankle injury. If it’s a long term injury then he will be replaced in the squad by England’s Alex Corbisiero who was called out to Australia as a precaution after Wednesday’s game.


The England prop is scheduled to arrive in Brisbane on Saturday.

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