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Bok team management deny Frans Malherbe biting charge

A photo emerged in the UK’s 'Daily Mail' claiming that the 24-year-old deliberately bit a US player.

FILE: Springbok prop Frans Malherbe during a team training session in southern England in September ahead of the 2015 Rugby World Cup. Picture: AFP

LONDON - Springbok team management have categorically denied that prop Frans Malherbe is guilty of biting and as of yet has received no formal communication from world rugby of an intention to cite the Springbok prop.

A photo emerged in the UK's _ Daily Mail_ this morning claiming that the 24-year-old deliberately bit the USA's Matt Trouville in their 64-0 win at the Olympic stadium last night.

This morning at the Springbok's team hotel, manager Ian Schwartz moved strongly to deny any wrongdoing by Malherbe.

"From our side Frans definitely didn't bite. If you look at that in real time you'd actually see that for us it was like a scrum, but in a still photo it would be a bite.

"It's really a serious allegation and what happened is actually not good for Frans's reputation damage and we're not happy at all. But in the hands of a fair system, I'm sure that they will do their homework and there will be justice."

The Daily Mail states that when shown the photograph, Trouville told team USA officials he could not recall the incident, although he was wearing padding across his shoulders.

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