Six Nations investigating Atonio substitution

Date published: March 19 2017

Six Nations Rugby released a statement on Sunday addressing two key incidents from the final minutes of France’s match with Wales in Paris.

An alleged bite on Wales winger George North and suspicions over the replacement of prop Uini Atonio dominated headlines in the wake of bizarre contest which reached 100 minutes in total.

“Alleged Bite: An independent citing commissioner was present at the match and will be reviewing all relevant incidents in the usual way.

“In the event that he wishes to make a citing complaint in respect of the alleged bite (or any other incident), because he considers that there was an act of foul play that warranted a red card, he is required to do so within 48 hours after the conclusion of the match (although in certain circumstances, for example where he is uncertain as to the identity of the player(s) concerned, he is permitted to make his citing complaint after the 48-hour deadline).

“HIA dispute: SNRL is aware of concerns about the head injury assessment that took place towards the end of the match and is looking into the matter.

“No further comments will be made until the closing of the citing window and the conclusion of the enquiry.”

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