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Lions star Kyle Sinckler faces minimum THREE-MONTH ban as he is cited for allegedly biting South Africa’s Franco Mostert

KYLE SINCKLER faces a minimum THREE-MONTH ban if he is found guilty of BITING Franco Mostert.

But Lions team-mate Stuart Hogg has escaped a rap for chomping on South Africa star Willie le Roux.

Sinckler was cited last night for allegedly biting second-row Mostert’s arm in Saturday’s 27-9 Second Test defeat in Cape Town.

The England prop, 28, will face a World Rugby disciplinary hearing via video conference tomorrow.

And Sinckler will be hit with a minimum 12-week ban if he is found guilty.

Yet, remarkably, rugby chiefs found no further citings in a fiery encounter littered with numerous flashpoints.

Earlier, Lions full-back Hogg blasted claims he sank his teeth into Le Roux’s arm during a clash.

The Scot issued a statement which said: “Following speculation that surfaced online, I would like to categorically deny any foul play.

“I would never bite an opponent and I am annoyed and upset by this unsubstantiated accusation.

“I have always been proud of playing rugby in the spirit of the game. Respect to the Springboks for their deserved win.

“The squad is hurting — but it’s all to play for next week. It’s going to be a cup final and everyone’s going to be up for it.”

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Bristol Bears ace Sinckler, a second-half replacement for Tadhg Furlong, faces a nervous wait and his previous disciplinary misdemeanours will not help his cause.

He was hit with a two-week ban in January for swearing at a ref and, in 2017, got suspended for seven weeks over gouging.

Biting is punished severely by rugby chiefs. In fact, a player found guilty of such an act can be hit with up to a 24-week suspension.

Lions lock Maro Itoje was also cleared for the Third Test, despite footage suggesting he pressed his knee into the neck and throat area of Damian de Allende.

South Africa were fortunate, too, when wing Cheslin Kolbe was punished with only a yellow from ref Ben O’Keeffe for a mid-air hit on Conor Murray.

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Kolbe’s team-mate Faf de Klerk also escaped a citing following a dangerous no-arms challenge in the first half on Murray.

World Rugby have confirmed that, aside from Sinckler, no other players are facing a potential rap.

Their statement said: “Following a full review of the match, there are no additional citings.”

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