Horwill maintains innocence

 Jun 28,2013
Written by: Editor

<b>Australian skipper James Horwill insists that it was not his intent to find the face of Alun Wyn Jones with his boot.</b>

The second rower was cited for the incident during the first Test between Australia and the British & Irish Lions last week but was cleared of any wrongdoing. However, on Thursday the International Rugby Board announced that they would appeal the decision, with a new hearing set for after Saturday's second Test.

The IRB are well within their rights to challenge the decision, but such a move is rare. Despite this, Horwill does not expect his second hearing to be compromised.

"The original hearing took four hours and there were nine camera angles to look at. I had a fair hearing the first time and I expect it to be no different next time," he said.

"It was a complete accident, which unfortunately happens in rugby. There was no intent and no malice in anything. I had no idea anything had happened until I was cited."

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