Thatto Heath ace claims she was bitten during RL World Cup defeat

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Australian centre Isabelle Kelly faces being rubbed out for the rest of the women’s Rugby League World Cup after being accused of biting Thatto Heath’s Chantelle Crowl in the Jillaroos’ 38-0 thumping of England.

The Jillaroos sent a resounding message to the rest of the tournament with an eight tries-to-none defeat of the Lionesses in Sydney on Sunday which ensured they will finish top of pool A.

The emphatic win was marred after England prop Chantelle Crowl, who plays her club football with Thatto Heath, accused the Jillaroos outside back of biting her forearm late in the first half.

With the Aussies holding a commanding 24-0 lead at the time, Crowl remonstrated with referee Todd Smith after tackling Kelly.

A decision on Kelly’s continued part in the tournament will be decided today (Monday) when she faces a disciplinary hearing.