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Craig Mitchell pays for bar brawl after lions win

Exeter prop is fined after late-night scrap in Brisbane

The Exeter and Wales prop Craig Mitchell must pay more than £1,000 in compensation after punching a man in an Australian hotel bar while celebrating last week’s Lions Test win.

Mitchell, 27, who has 15 caps for Wales, had travelled to Australia to watch the Lions tour when the fight broke out last Sunday at the Normanby Hotel in Brisbane, following the tourists’ first Test win.

He was given a six-month prison sentence suspended for two years and fined £1,180 over the attack, as well as ordered to pay £1,966 in compensation to  the victim, Cian Barry. Mitchell apologised, saying: “My actions... were totally unacceptable and unforgivable.”