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Billy Vunipola cleared to play in semi-final after being cleared of head-butt charge

Billy Vunipola cleared to play in semi-final after being cleared of head-butt charge
By PA Sport

15/04/2015 at 04:35Updated 15/04/2015 at 04:47

Saracens forward Billy Vunipola is free to play in Saturday's European Champions Cup semi-final at Clermont Auvergne after being cleared of head-butting.

The 22-year-old England number eight, who was cited for allegedly striking Leicester's Matthew Tait during his side's 22-6 Aviva Premiership victory over the Tigers at the weekend, had his case dismissed after an Rugby Football Union disciplinary panel hearing on Tuesday evening.

An RFU statement said: "The panel of Philip Evans (chair), Bonike Erinle and Martyn Wood dismissed the citing for striking Mathew Tait with his head, contrary to Law 10.4 (a), or, in the alternative, charging into a ruck, contrary to Law 10.4 (h)."

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