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#JusticeForHorwill Campaign Started Down Under

#JusticeForHorwill Campaign Started Down Under
By PJ Browne
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Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE

Australian captain James Horwill (who bawled his eyes out after Saturday's win over the Lions) faces a second hearing into his alleged stamping on Alun Wyn Jones during the first test in Brisbane.

Horwill was cleared of stamping initially by a judiciary hearing who accepted the explanation that he was off balance.

The IRB have decided to appeal the decision through a second hearing which will take place today in Toronto at 11am Irish time.

The Australian media is now rallying around Horwill with a #JusticeForHorwill campaign.

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From DailyTelegraph.com.au

After four hours of deliberation, including nine camera angles not seen outside the hearing room, judicial officer Nigel Hampton QC found that it could not be proven Horwill deliberately put his boot down on Jones's face.

Horwill has since said that it was a complete accident, that he had no idea Jones was laying at the bottom of a rolling maul that was pushing him backward.

But the IRB has discounted their own judicial officer's findings, and the word of the Wallabies captain, to re-open the case and try Horwill a second time.

It is madness, and completely weighted against Horwill, because had they believed a second hearing would yield a second not guilty verdict, the IRB would never have appealed against their own decision.

The Rugby HQ lads even produced a video.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jv-Owec2zzs

And there's plenty of photoshops around the idea that the hearing shouldn't be happening due to 'double jeopardy'.

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