Huddersfield Giants star Jermaine McGillvary cleared from World Cup bite accusation

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Jermaine McGillvary will line up for England in Sunday's World Cup clash against France after being cleared of a biting charge.

The Huddersfield Giants winger was accused of biting opposition skipper Robbie Farah on the arm in the 42nd minute of last Saturday's win 29-10 over Lebanon.

The incident was referred by the World Cup match review panel to a judiciary in Sydney on Wednesday afternoon.

McGillvary pleaded not guilty and, alongside coach Wayne Bennett, team manager Jamie Peacock and lawyer Nick Ghaber, put his case across via video link-up from Perth.

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Farah did not turn up to give evidence at today's hearing in Sydney or supply any written evidence.

McGillivray described the claim that he bit Farah as "outrageous" and said: "his arm went into my mouth".

The 29-year-old reacted on Twitter by saying: "Well, well, well."

McGillvary added: "I fully understand the match review process and am grateful for a fair and balanced hearing.

"I'm pleased this is over and can now fully focus on doing my best for England for the remainder of the World Cup."

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If found guilty, McGillvary could have been banned for up to 12 weeks.