England and Tigers prop Cole avoids biting ban

Leicester Tigers and England prop Dan Cole has escaped punishment for an alleged bite on an opponent in the Aviva Premiership champions’ 32-15 win over Worcester.

The incident came during the second half at Welford Road on Sunday, with TV pictures appearing to show Cole biting Worcester fly-half Ignacio Mieres.

It left blood on the Argentine’s fingers and led former England winger Jon Sleightholme on Twitter to call for Cole to be banned.

However, the English Rugby Football Union has confirmed it will not punish Cole for the incident after consideration from citing commissioner Peter Larter.

A statement said: “The RFU citing commissioner has viewed the incident many times and using all the available camera angles and believes it is accidental due to the dynamics of the contact as Dan Cole went to ground. No further action is to be taken.”

In addition, Worcester chose not to cite Cole themselves during the four-hour window they had.

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