Malherbe biting allegation a malicious non-event

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, RWC 2015, Springboks on 8 Oct 2015 at 12:39
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World Rugby has issued a statement in response to a spurious allegation from right-wing English tabloid the Daily Mail, accusing Bok tighthead prop Frans Malherbe of biting an oppoennt during his side’s 64-0 annihilation of the US Eagles in Newham yesterday.

Taking a still image out of context, the paper alleges that Malherbe bit Eagles lock Matt Trouville. World Rugby has completely denied the incident, issuing the following statement:

“Independent Citing Commissioner Peter Larter (England) is satisfied that no biting incident occurred during the Rugby World Cup 2015 Pool B match between South Africa and USA on 7 October. Larter’s determination follows a detailed review of all video footage, an absence of a team referral and proactive dismissal by the USA team of claims made via social media that a South Africa player bit a USA player during the match. This matter highlights the need to exercise caution in respect of claims based on two-dimensional images.”


  • Idjits

  • Comment 1, posted at 08.10.15 12:41:24 by JarsonX Reply
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  • He’s a Stormer! Everyone who knows anything about rugby would immediately realise it’s a love-bite.

  • Comment 2, posted at 08.10.15 12:42:01 by vanmartin Reply
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  • Daily Mail aka Hate Mail, Daily Fail, Daily Heil, Daily Moan.
    They really stick to what they’re good at which is celebrity/reality tv gutter journalism.

  • Comment 3, posted at 08.10.15 12:51:06 by gregkaos Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 2) : :mrgreen: :mrgreen: Quote of the day!

  • Comment 4, posted at 08.10.15 12:54:57 by Uli Boelie Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 2) : Hahahahahahaha! Quote of the month!!

  • Comment 5, posted at 08.10.15 13:08:13 by pastorshark Reply
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  • Malherbe was probably just yawning as the game was boring him…glad common sense prevailed, unlike the Samoan ban

  • Comment 6, posted at 08.10.15 13:08:44 by SheldonK Reply

  • At least sanity prevails.

  • Comment 7, posted at 08.10.15 13:26:11 by Bokhoring Reply
  • A picture is worth a thousand words… but not that picture.

  • Comment 8, posted at 08.10.15 13:27:32 by Farlington Reply

  • Not often that sanity prevails in the world of rugby…

  • Comment 9, posted at 08.10.15 13:47:50 by pastorshark Reply
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  • Is it just me or is English sport journalism more like tabloid journalism?

  • Comment 10, posted at 08.10.15 13:59:23 by coolfusion Reply

  • @coolfusion (Comment 10) : Well it’s not like they can write about the accomplishments of their own team now can they? 😈

  • Comment 11, posted at 08.10.15 14:06:44 by Farlington Reply

  • @Farlington (Comment 8) : ja boet and not one of those thousand words is true!!!!!!!
    Daily Mail trying very hard to get the focus away from their quick exit?!?!?!

  • Comment 12, posted at 08.10.15 14:18:48 by JD Reply
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  • @coolfusion (Comment 10) : That is hardly surprising as the Daily Mail is in fact a tabloid,

  • Comment 13, posted at 08.10.15 14:49:03 by The hound Reply
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  • @Farlington (Comment 11) : They could. ..but it would end up in the funnies not the sport pages.

  • Comment 14, posted at 08.10.15 14:50:20 by coolfusion Reply

  • @The hound (Comment 13) : Well that explains it. I wouldn’t know since I don’t pay much attention to their publications. The Internet reports us always just a bunch of whining with just the names of the opposition teams changing and not the body of the report. So I would imagine newspapers are much of the same?

  • Comment 15, posted at 08.10.15 14:53:08 by coolfusion Reply

  • @coolfusion (Comment 15) : sigh Rob spelt it out for you
    ”right-wing English tabloid the Daily Mail,”,else I wouldn’t have commented,its not important anyway.

  • Comment 16, posted at 08.10.15 15:03:45 by The hound Reply
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  • @The hound (Comment 13) : πŸ˜†

  • Comment 17, posted at 08.10.15 15:08:47 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 12) : I’m much more interested to know what will happen to their coach and possibly Eddie Jones?

  • Comment 18, posted at 08.10.15 20:28:46 by coolfusion Reply

  • @coolfusion (Comment 18) : that’s easy coach will get fired and Jones going to WP.
    Any other questions? 😈

  • Comment 19, posted at 09.10.15 08:17:56 by JD Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 19) : πŸ˜€

  • Comment 20, posted at 09.10.15 12:23:09 by pastorshark Reply
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