South Africa: Player appeals 7-game biting ban

Rugby player says bite was accidental as he scored try with mouth open

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) -- An Australian rugby player in South Africa is appealing his seven-game ban for biting, saying he sunk his teeth into an opponent's arm by mistake because he had his mouth open while scoring a try.

The South African Rugby Union says Griquas lock Rory Arnold's appeal will be heard on Friday. He was banned until after Oct. 19, ruling him out of the rest of the regular season in the Currie Cup.

Arnold was sent off straight after scoring and following a television review prompted by complaints from Cheetahs hooker Ethienne Reynecke, who showed bite marks on his arm to the referee.

In his initial disciplinary hearing on Tuesday, Arnold said he crossed the tryline with his mouth open and pressure from a tackle forced his head down onto Reynecke's forearm.