Rugby: Player appeals against 7-game ban, says he bit opponent by accident
CAPE TOWN (AP) - An Australian rugby player in South Africa is appealing against his seven-game ban for biting, saying he sunk his teeth into an opponent's arm by mistake because he had his mouth open while scoring a try.
The South African Rugby Union says Griquas lock Rory Arnold's appeal will be heard on Friday. He was banned until after Oct 19, ruling him out of the rest of the regular season in the Currie Cup.
Arnold was sent off straight after scoring and following a television review prompted by complaints from Cheetahs hooker Ethienne Reynecke, who showed bite marks on his arm to the referee.
In his initial disciplinary hearing on Tuesday, Arnold said he crossed the try-line with his mouth open and pressure from a tackle forced his head down onto Reynecke's forearm.