Rugby: NZ-born Liz Patu cited for 'disgusting' biting incident

Australian women's rugby captain Liz Patu faces a long stint on the sidelines, after being cited for biting in a Super W match.

The New Zealand-born Queensland hooker, who skippered the Wallaroos in 2018, has nowhere to hide, after cameras caught her biting the arm of RugbyWA lock Rebecca Clough.

Former Wallabies winger Drew Mitchell described the incident as 'disgusting' while sitting in the commentary box for the match.

"That's pretty damning from that vision we've just seen," Mitchell said.

"I think we will hear more and we should. That is disgusting and it's not a part of our game, especially from an Australian representative and a captain at that."

If found guilty, Patu faces a minimum ban of 12 weeks, with a maximum sanction set by World Rugby of four years.

Clough reported the incident to the referee, who was unsighted, and despite viewing the bite on the replay, Lara West was hampered by regulations that didn't allow video reviews, as not all grounds feature screens.

Clough approached referee West, pointing to her arm.

"Ref, I'm just saying, I've been bitten."

West called over Queensland captain and number eight Kiri Lingman.

"She showed me her arm with bite marks," she said. "I didn't see it, so I can't call it.

"If I do see it, that person is gone. Tell them now."


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