Thomas cleared at London hearing

Date published: January 20 2016

The citing complaint against Dragons hooker T Rhys Thomas has been dismissed following an independent Disciplinary Hearing on Wednesday.

Thomas was cited by the match Citing Commissioner, Dave Guyan (England), for allegedly biting Castres back-row Yannick Caballero in the 67th minute of the Challenge Cup Round 5 match at Rodney Parade on Friday, 15 January 2016 in contravention of Law 10.4 (m).

Law 10.4 (m) Biting
Under World Rugby's Sanctions for Foul Play, Law 10.4 (m), Biting, carries the following sanction entry points – Low End: 12 weeks; Mid-Range: 18 weeks; Top End: 24 to 208 weeks.

The independent Judicial Officer, Rod McKenzie (Scotland), heard submissions and evidence from Thomas, who denied committing an offence of foul play that warranted a red card, from the Dragons Team Manager, Sara Davies, and from the EPCR Disciplinary Officer, Liam McTiernan.

As the Judicial Officer was not satisfied to the required standard that the act of foul play as alleged had been committed, the citing complaint was dismissed and Thomas is therefore free to play.