Exeter’s Chudley free to play in final

Will Chudley

The panel decided the contact was caused by Will Chudley’s knee being deflected off Matt Mullan’s thigh

Exeter scrum-half Will Chudley is free to play in Saturday’s Premiership final against Saracens after he was ruled to have accidentally kicked Wasps’ Joe Launchbury in the semi-final.

A Rugby Football Union commission said “on a balance of probabilities” an attempt to kick the ball resulted in “accidental contact” with Launchbury.

They added it “was not the result of a reckless or deliberate kicking action”.

Exeter beat Wasps 34-23 on Saturday to reach their first Premiership final.

The RFU panel concluded that the contact with Launchbury’s head was caused by Chudley’s knee being deflected off the thigh of Wasps prop Matt Mullan.

Chudley, 28, was attempting to kick the ball out of the base of a ruck in order to disrupt a Wasps attack when the incident occurred.

The scrum-half has played a part in every one of Exeter’s Premiership matches this season.

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