McGillvary cleared of biting claim

England star Jermaine McGillvary has been found not guilty of contrary conduct by the Rugby League World Cup Judiciary.

The hearing took place at Rugby League Central on Wednesday.

McGillvary was charged by the Match Review Committee on Monday after England’s game against Lebanon, with the Three Lions running out 29-10 winners in Sydney.

Cedars captain Robbie Farah had claimed midway through the game that McGillvary had bit him when in the tackle.

The Huddersfield Giants winger, alongside head coach Wayne Bennett and Team Manager Jamie Peacock, entered a not guilty plea to the original charge via a video link from the team hotel in Perth.

As the 29-year-old was found not guilty of biting Farah, he will now be available to face France at the nib Stadium on Sunday.

And McGillvary revealed that he is looking forward to getting back to action on the field.

He said: “I fully understand the Match Review process and am grateful for a fair and balanced hearing.

“I’m pleased this is now over and can now fully focus on doing my best for England for the remainder of the World Cup.”

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