THE MELBOURNE Rebels will appeal the 10-week suspension handed to lock Adam Byrnes following an eye-gouging complaint by the Waratahs.
The Russian Rugby World Cup beanpole was cited and banned for until round 13 after he gouged Tom Carter in the 27th minute of the sides’ clash at AAMI Park last Friday.
The Rebels plan to appeal the suspension, arguing that any contact made with Carter’s eye was accidental.
“(The) Rebels share Byrnes' disappointment with this finding and will fully support him throughout the appeal process," the franchise said in a statement.
“The club would also like to make it clear that despite media reports, there is no suggestion that Byrnes engaged in any eye-gouging.
“We believe any contact made was absolutely accidental and without intent.”
The entry point of Byrnes' offence is 12 weeks, but two weeks credit was given for his otherwise unblemished record, meaning he is set to be sidelined until the Rebels meet the Western Force on May 20.« Back to Articles
With the series level, expect both teams to put it all on the line as they seek to win the deciding test in Sydney on Saturday night.