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England wing Mark Cueto cleared of dangerous tackle

Mark Cueto
Cueto is clear to play in Saturday's second Test against the Wallabies

England wing Mark Cueto is free to play the second Test against Australia after being cleared of a dangerous tackle on Berrick Barnes in the first Test.

Cueto was cited for a first-half incident involving the Wallabies centre in last Saturday's 27-17 loss in Perth.

England manager Martin Johnson said: "It is good news that Mark got off his citing."

Cueto would have been ruled out of the tour had he been found guilty but now looks set to play in Sydney on 19 June.

The 30-year-old right wing was joined at the disciplinary hearing held at the Australian Rugby Union offices on Monday by Johnson and elite rugby director Rob Andrew.

New Zealand judicial officer Peter Hobbs presided over the hearing in Sydney and dismissed the charge.


England fought back in Saturday's Test having trailed 14-0 at half-time but were eventually undone by two late penalties to be denied a first win over the Wallabies on Australian soil since the 2003 World Cup final.

The tourists have won just eight of the 22 Tests played since Johnson was appointed as team manager in 2008, an inferior record to predecessors Brian Ashton and Andy Robinson.

England's summer tour also sees them face the Australian Barbarians as well as the New Zealand Maori.

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