INTERNATIONAL NEWS - The International Rugby Board's appeal of Australia captain James Horwill's stamping case has begun in Sydney by video conference with judicial officer Graeme Mew of Canada.
Last week, the IRB appealed against the original decision that cleared Horwill of stamping on British and Irish Lions lock Alun-Wyn Jones in the first test on June 22 in Brisbane.
The original decision by New Zealand-based judicial officer Nigel Hampton determined that there was no foul committed, but the IRB said it wanted to "further examine potential acts of foul play."
If Horwill is banned from playing the third and deciding test Saturday in Sydney, it would mean both captains were lost to their teams. Earlier Monday, Lions flanker Sam Warburton was ruled out of the Sydney match with a torn left hamstring.