Scott Baldwin misses Ospreys match after receiving a 'lion bite'

The Ospreys have confirmed that hooker Scott Baldwin missed their PRO 14 match against the Cheetahs after being bitten by a lion.

Credit: Scott Baldwin

The match in South Africa was the first time a Welsh rugby region played a league game in the country.

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In a press conference, Ospreys coach Steve Tandy said it had "nothing to do with the lion in fairness, it did bite Scott, but when you put your hand in a fence where there is a lion, then expect to get bit."

He added that the place where they visited the lions was a "good environment" and that they were clearly told how far back to stand, saying "I don't know what sort of wildlife programmes Scott's been watching where you can pat a lion on the head as if it's a kitten, it's probably one of the silliest things I've ever been involved in, but thankfully he's okay."

Baldwin sustained the hand injury on Wednesday and has since tweeted to say his hand is on the mend.

The team doctor treated a laceration and, subsequently, he was admitted to a local hospital in Bloemfontein on Thursday evening for further treatment to prevent infection.

He will be released on Saturday morning to travel home with the rest of the squad as planned.

– Statement from Ospreys Rugby