Biting citing sours Fiji team's Australian NRC debut

A citing for alleged biting has soured the Fijian Drua team's debut in Australia's National Rugby Championship.

Fijian Drua hooker Samu Suguturaga will face a NRC judicial hearing on Tuesday night after allegedly biting his opposite number, Brisbane City skipper Andrew Ready, on the ear in a scrum.

Ready reported the incident to the on-field referee immediately during his team's 45-36 opening round win at Ballymore on Saturday.

"I'm lucky he was wearing a mouthguard otherwise he would have had the whole thing [ear]," Ready said later, sporting two stitches in his outer ear.

"It's pretty disgusting and shouldn't be in the game. The ref said he didn't see it so it's with the officials now."

The judicial hearing will take place at the Queensland Rugby Union offices at Ballymore and will be overseen by judicial officer Paul Tully.



Photo by: BRADLEY KANARIS/GETTY IMAGES Caption: Samu Suguturaga of Fiji scores a try during the round one NRC match against Brisbane, but was later the subject of a biting allegation.