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Etzebeth cleared of eye-gouging

BEN ETZEBETH is free to play against England on Saturday after being cleared of eye-gouging at a disciplinary hearing, the South African Rugby Union have announced.

The Springbok lock was cited for allegedly making contact with the "eye or eye area" of Scotland fly-half Greig Laidlaw in the second half of Saturday's 21-10 victory at Murrayfield.

The South African Rugby Union announced the verdict on their official Twitter page, saying: "Good news on Eben Etzebeth - he's not guilty and free to play against England on Saturday."