Malherbe cleared of wrongdoing

Date published: October 8 2015

South African tighthead prop Frans Malherbe has been cleared of any wrongdoing following during the Springboks' win over the USA.

A still photo which appeared to show Malherbe biting American lock Matt Trouville emerged after the game, with the Daily Mail questioning whether he had a case to answer.

However Independent Citing Commissioner Peter Larter (England) is satisfied that no biting incident occurred. 

"Larter’s determination follows a detailed review of all video footage, an absence of a team referral and proactive dismissal by the USA team of claims made via social media that a South Africa player bit a USA player during the match," read a statement.

"This matter highlights the need to exercise caution in respect of claims based on two-dimensional still images."