It took International Rugby Board judicial official Graeme Mew more than 13 hours to reach his verdict having adjourned the hearing on Monday night.

In a statement released at 1pm on Tuesday afternoon, Mew said that he could find no reason why the original findings of official Nigel Hampton could be proven wrong and upheld his decision to acquit Horwill of his stamping charge.

The Australian Rugby Board released Mew’s statement which said:

“There was sufficient evidence upon which a reasonable judicial officer could have reached the decision that was made,” he said.

“Accordingly, it could not be said that the judicial officer was manifestly wrong or that the interests of justice otherwise required his decision be overturned.”

Horwill was originally cited for stamping on the head of Lions second-rower Alun Wyn Jones in the first Test of the series and was acquitted by an IRB judicial panel last week. However the IRB appealed against its own official’s decision which prompted the second hearing.

In a statement given to various media outlets, Horwill said that he had been informed of his acquittal at around 10 am and was not frustrated or upset that the findings took so long to become public.

The process is what it is,” he told the ABC on Tuesday afternoon. “I can’t complain, it has been a very fair process both times.”

“I know what happened and I’m glad that the right result was made in the right result was made in the end,” he said.

The news of Horwill’s availability for the third and final Test of the series to be played on Saturday night in Sydney comes as a fresh blow to the Lions’ camp, whose own captain Sam Warburton has been ruled out of the match through injury.

The Welsh flanker suffered a ‘significant tear’ in his hamstring and had to be substituted during the Lions nail-biting 16-15 loss to the Wallabies in Melbourne last weekend.

Four time Lions tourist and Irish international Brian O’Driscoll is expected to lead out the British side in what will almost certainly be his last game in red.

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