Griquas lock cleared of biting charge
Rory Arnold has won his appeal against a charge of biting an opponent, and has therefore been cleared to play for the Griquas.
The Australian lock, on loan to the Kimberly-based team, was found "not guilty" on a biting charge during his appeal against the original verdict on Monday.
Arnold was handed a seven match suspension last Wednesday for allegedly biting Free State Cheetahs replacement hooker Ethienne Reynecke.
The Judicial Officer made the decision "on the balance of probabilities and relying particularly on the victim's immediate and spontaneous reactions and the doctor's evidence."
However, Arnold lodged an appeal against the decision, which was heard in Cape Town on Monday. The appeal was successful and the player was cleared to return to the field with immediate effect.
The news will delight Griquas coach Pote Human who is currently dealing with a crisis at lock.