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Thursday, 26 September, 2002, 20:47 GMT 21:47 UK
Grewcock ban lifted
Danny Grewcock is sent off against Saracens
Grewcock's England place was in danger
Bath lock Danny Grewcock has won his appeal against a five-week Rugby Football Union suspension and is free to continue playing.

The England and Lions player was suspended earlier this month following an altercation with Saracens skipper Kyran Bracken.

Grewcock was alleged to have kicked Bracken during a Zurich Premiership game on 8 September and received a 35-day suspension.

Bath immediately lodged an appeal with the Rugby Football Union.


I can now put this behind me, and concentrate on the Zurich Premiership match at The Rec on Saturday against Gloucester.
Danny Grewcock

And after two hours deliberation on Thursday evening, the panel - chaired by Jeff Blackett - decided to uphold the appeal.

"I am absolutely delighted," said Grewcock.

"I would like to thank all those people who supported me, notably Kyran Bracken, Thomas Sheppard (Bath club solicitor) and Steve Mitchell.

"I can now put this behind me, and concentrate on the Zurich Premiership match at The Rec on Saturday against Gloucester.

"Unfortunately, the video didn't show the whole of the incident. Thankfully, the photographs showed what you couldn't see in the video."

Grewcock is now free to line up in Saturday's west country derby against Gloucester.

He had been in danger of missing England's autumn Test series opener against New Zealand on 9 November.

Grewcock has won 33 England caps, and started all three Lions Tests in Australia last summer.

He was appointed Bath captain last month, and received a red card in only his second Premiership game as club skipper.

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