Hooper cleared to play for Wallabies

Michael Hooper is free to play in the Wallabies’ Rugby Championship decider against the All Blacks on Saturday after being cleared by the SANZAR appeals committee.

Hooper was given a one-game ban on Thursday for striking Argentine five-eighth Nicolas Sanchez in an off-the-ball incident during Australia’s 34-9 weekend win over Argentina in Mendoza.

A day later, SANZAR announced it wasn’t satisfied with the one-match ban, which was served during a Shute Shield match on the weekend and appealed the decision.

The Australian Rugby Union then cross-appealed on the grounds that the original sanction was too heavy.

The committee dismissed both appeals leaving Hooper free to play against New Zealand.

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