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George Kruis and David Wilson cleared of disciplinary charges

  • England forwards David Wilson and George Kruis have been cleared of their respective charges
  • The pair were cited after an incident involving the pair in the second half of Friday’s Premiership match
  • A long-term ban could have ruled both out of the summer internationals
The England lock George Kruis has been cleared of biting after a citing described by the Saracens forwards coach Alex Sanderson as an “absolute travesty” was dismissed on Tuesday evening.

Kruis, who played a key role in England’s Grand Slam Six Nations triumph, faced an RFU disciplinary panel on Tuesday evening following an incident involving the Bath prop David Wilson in the 30-10 Aviva Premiership victory at the Rec last weekend.

Following a marathon hearing in Bristol, which lasted nearly five hours, both Kruis and Wilson – who was also cited for making contact with the eye or eye area of the Saracens forward – were cleared of any wrongdoing.

“George Kruis a biter? Really? We just couldn’t believe it,” Sanderson told BBC Radio 5 live before the outcome of the disciplinary hearing was known.

“He’s not got a nasty bone in his body, so that kind of accusation was pretty shocking. I was surprised about the citing allegations. I thought they were a bit unnecessary. No-one saw the need for them post-game.”

Both players were in England’s 2015 World Cup squad, although only Kruis featured in this year’s Six Nations, with Wilson is yet to feature under new head coach Eddie Jones.

England’s summer starts against Wales at Twickenham on 29 May, before a three-match Test series against Australia in June.