France cleared of bit­ing

Daily Mail - - Rugby Union - NIK SI­MON

FRANCE have been cleared of any wrong­do­ing af­ter al­le­ga­tions that George North was bit­ten dur­ing Wales’s dra­matic de­feat in Paris. The Wales winger was left with teeth marks on his right arm in the 100-minute match — with France coach Guy Noves even sug­gest­ing North could have bit­ten him­self. In­de­pen­dent cit­ing com­mis­sion­ers con­cluded their in­ves­ti­ga­tion late last night and found no con­clu­sive ev­i­dence af­ter ex­am­in­ing still and video im­agery. A Six Na­tions spokesman said: ‘Based on the in­for­ma­tion avail­able in the case of the al­leged bite, in­clud­ing footage of the in­ci­dent from sev­eral an­gles, the cit­ing com­mis­sioner has not been able to con­clude that any par­tic­u­lar in­di­vid­ual car­ried out an act of foul play.’ The au­thor­i­ties are also look­ing into claims that France med­i­cal staff ex­ploited head in­jury as­sess­ment (HIA) pro­to­cols to bring on scrum­mag­ing spe­cial­ist Rabah Sli­mani. The prop re­placed Uini Ato­nio, who al­legedly did not suf­fer a head in­jury, un­der the watch of English ref­eree Wayne Barnes. But the of­fi­cial re­ceived the back­ing of Eng­land coach Ed­die Jones. ‘Wayne Barnes did a su­per job,’ said Jones. ‘That was a dif­fi­cult game and I think that the HIA is ab­so­lutely first class.’

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