Julian White is free to join up with England’s Six Nations squad after the Ospreys dropped their allegations of eye gouging and cited Leicester skipper Martin Corry instead.
White had been named publicly by Ospreys coach Jonathan Humphreys after the Heineken Cup clash at the Liberty Stadium last Saturday but the he denied the claim and has not been cited.
The 35-year-old prop is now free to play his part in his country’s Six Nations campaign having been called up to replace Matt Stevens who is currently suspended after failing a drug test.
White will be looking to oust fellow Lion Phil Vickery from the England No3 shirt as he presses his claim for what would be a second successive Lions tour.
The former Bristol and Canterbury Crusaders tight head appeared in all three Tests when the Lions faced the All Blacks four years ago but withdrew from England’s 2007 World Cup squad due to farming and family commitments.
Corry, himself a Lion in 2005 and also in 2001, could now face a ban of between 12 weeks and three years if found guilty after being cited for "an alleged strike/contact with the eye/eye area” of Ospreys hooker Richard Hibbard by citing commissioner Denis Templeton.
Corry retired from international rugby last season and has no previous history of serious disciplinary trouble.
It is not yet known when the hearing into the allegations against Corry will be heard.