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British and Irish Lions: Lewis Moody hits out at James Horwill 'farce' appeal

Last Updated: 02/07/13 12:18pm

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Lewis Moody: Not surprised James Horwill has not been banned

Lewis Moody: Not surprised James Horwill has not been banned

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Ex-England international Lewis Moody is unhappy Australia captain James Horwill will be available to face the British and Irish Lions on Saturday in the third and deciding Test.

Horwill was originally cleared for his alleged stamp on Alun-Wyn Jones, but the International Rugby Board appealed the decision.

However, independent appeal officer Graeme Mew failed to uphold the IRB's appeal, much to the dismay of some, meaning Horwill can go head-to-head with the Lions once again.

Moody believes Southern Hemisphere teams have been able to "get away with it" for years and he is unsurprised no action has been taking against the Wallabies' skipper.

"It doesn't surprise me because I think they always seem to get away with it when we're over here whenever we've been to New Zealand, South Africa and Australia, especially when we've done it with the Lions," Moody told Sky Sports.

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"It just seems to be the trend. The IRB I don't think actually had the power to over-rule it. They were just looking into the official and whether he had made the right decisions. So they couldn't change the decision I don't think. So it's all a bit of a farce."

Former Australia international Stephen Larkham has labelled the decision "surprising" although he feels the availability of Horwill is a massive boost to Robbie Deans' side.

"It's very surprising. I've seen the incident. Obviously being referred to the IRB you'd imagine they were going to overturn the original ban, but it's a massive boost for Australian rugby," commented Larkham.

"His leadership and what he contributes around the paddock. We just don't have that in our second and third-string second rowers. It is a massive boost going into this Test for us."

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