Australia captain James Horwill is free to play in next weekend’s second rugby Test against the British and Irish Lions after being found not guilty of stamping on an opponent in the series opener in Brisbane.
Horwill, 28, faced a disciplinary hearing for allegedly stamping or trampling on Lions lock Alun Wyn Jones in the third minute of Australia’s 23-21 loss to the Lions yesterday.
The teams are scheduled to meet again on June 29 in Melbourne and July 6 in Sydney.
Judicial Officer Nigel Hampton found that “on the balance of probabilities he could not find an intentional or deliberate action of stamping or trampling,” the Australian Rugby Union said in a statement.
Hampton said he could not find that Horwill was acting recklessly when his right foot came into “glancing contact” with the Lions player’s face.