British And Irish Lions V Australia, Third Test:
- Date: Saturday, 6 July
- Kick-off: 11:00 BST (20:00 local)
- Venue: ANZ Stadium, Sydney
Coverage: Live commentary on the website of BBC Sport, live updates over BBC Radio 5 .Captain of Australia James Horwill was cleared for playing in final Test that was against Irish Lions and British.
Appeal of International Rugby Board against decision of citing commission to clear lock forward regarding stamping in first Test, got turned down.
When his boot did make contact with the leader of Alun Wyn, then was Horwill cited.Horwill said that he was confident and relieved as he knew what had happened and he was glad that at the end, correct result was there. He said that it meant much to him to lead his country in probably the largest game from the time of World Cup final during 2003. He also said that he was very excited about this opportunity and he could focus on game now.
In 3rd minute of the defeat of Australia 23-21 in Brisbane, Hornwill, aged 28, brought the foot down over Jone’s head. The Welsh 2nd row required stitches subsequently in one wound above the eye.
Nigel Hampton, the judicial officer cleared Horwill in initial hearing when he decided that he couldn’t be sure Australian captain intentionally had stamped over Jones while lock of Lions was there, lying on floor.
It meant Wallaby 2nd row was quite free to get Australia to 16-15 win during the 2nd Test on Saturday in Melbourne.
Though, there was the criticism of original judgment and IRB did react on Thursday by announcing that it’d appeal against citing decision of commission following the case’s extensive review.
The appeal got heard this Monday by Graeme Mew, the independent officer of appeal.
Mew said that there had been sufficient evidence regarding which judicial officer can have reached this decision. So, it couldn’t be said judicial officer manifestly was wrong or interests of the justice otherwise wanted his decision to be overturned.
The previous fly-half of Australia, Stephen Larkham does believe that hosts will get massive boost with Horwill being available in Sydney for series decider.Larkham added that he was a big leader over field as well as around ground and that his ball carries and scrimmaging are excellent.
Lewis Moody, the previous captain of England, who did tour New Zealand along with Lions in the year 2005 believes that team of Warren Gatland will consider this decision to be positive as it removes all excuses that could be possible for hosts.
He said that that they would think that just because they wanted to have Australia beaten, they could beat Australia.Captain of Lions, Sam Warburton was ruled out from the Saturday series decider due to hamstring injury that he suffered in 2nd Test.