Horwill's stamp storm may disrupt Australia's hopes
Australia's captain, James Horwill, is set to face the Lions in tomorrow's second Test in Melbourne, but the lock's chances of seeing out the series are small.
The International Rugby Board is unhappy with the decision to clear the 28-year-old of a stamping charge arising from last weekend's Test in Brisbane.
Horwill was deemed not to have made intentional contact with lock Alun Wyn Jones' head. The IRB has appealed against the finding, much to the fury of the Australian hierarchy.
If the not guilty verdict is reversed, Horwill will miss the Sydney Test, the last in the three-match series.
Bill Pulver, the chief executive of the home union, said that the board's "unprecedented step" had the potential to disrupt Australia, who trail 1-0 in the series, in the lead-up to a must-win game.
Pulver said: "James Horwill was cleared as per the established process. We are surprised and disappointed that the finding is now not only under question, but deemed erroneous." MORE
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