South Africa's Eben Etzebeth cleared of eye gouging


  • Venue: Twickenham
  • Date: Saturday, 24 November
  • Kick-off: 14:30 GMT

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South Africa lock Eben Etzebeth is available to play England on Saturday after being cleared of eye gouging at a disciplinary hearing.

Etzebeth was cited for making contact with the "eye or eye area" of Scotland fly-half Greig Laidlaw last Saturday.

But he was cleared by an independently appointed judicial officer.

A statement said: "The contact in the area of the Scotland player's eyes was accidental and as such did not constitute foul play."

The clash between Etzebeth and Laidlaw came in the second half as South Africa ran out 21-10 winners at Murrayfield last Saturday .