Five rugby players who were banned for biting an opponent - Ruck

Five rugby players who were banned for biting an opponent

A number of players down the years have a proven to have an, ahem, appetite when it comes to gnawing on the opposition.

Lions prop Kyle Sinckler could be the latest to join that club after being cited for an alleged bite during Saturday’s second Test defeat by South Africa, World Rugby has announced.

The incident is alleged to have taken place during a ruck in the 64th minute of the 27-9 loss at Cape Town Stadium.

Sinckler, 28, could face a minimum 12-week ban if the citing is upheld at a disciplinary hearing on Tuesday.

Here are five other examples of famous bites in rugby union.

#1. Dylan Hartley

In the final game of the 2012 6 Nations Championship between Ireland and England, the hooker bit down on the finger of flanker Stephen Ferris. Hartley had received a lengthy ban for gouging in 2007 (some 26 weeks) but was only handed a 8-week break in 2012, meaning that he was clear to tour in the summer with England, despite missing Northampton’s end of season charge.

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