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Nine-week ban for Georgian biter

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 10/06/2016

The Georgian rugby player who bit New Zealand flanker Mitchell Jacobson at the under-20 world championships in Manchester has been banned for nine weeks.

The incident came in a 77th minute maul during New Zealand's 55-0 drubbing of Georgia two days ago, with Jacobson calling for medical attention to his left wrist.

Gurami Kandaurishvili appeared at a judicial hearing on Friday (NZT), but did not accept he'd committed the alleged offence.

Judicial officer Mike Hamlin found that Kandaurishvili had committed an act of foul play as alleged.

He said it was low-end offending which carried an entry point of 12 weeks and found no aggravating features.

Mitigating factors justified a reduction in the sanction from 12 weeks to nine.

Kandaurishvili is banned for the remainder of the under-20 tournament, and will be free to play again on October 17, after the remaining five-week suspension has been served.

New Zealand, the defending champions, play their next pool game on Saturday against Ireland, who opened with a 26-25 win over Wales.

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