England’s Francis cited for dangerous tackle


England's Francis cited for dangerous tackle
FILE PHOTO: Rugby Union - England Training - Clifton College Sports Ground, Bristol, Britain - August 16, 2019 England's Piers Francis during training Action Images via Reuters/Matthew Childs

In Summary

  • Francis could now be banned for England's clash with Argentina in Tokyo next Saturday and their final Pool C fixture against France in Yokohama the following weekend
  • Attack-coach Scott Wisemantel insisted the England camp have been impressed by the officiating in England's opening two fixtures

England centre Piers Francis has been cited for a dangerous tackle during Thursday’s Rugby World Cup victory over the USA.

Making his World Cup debut, Francis caught USA full-back Will Hooley with his shoulder in the opening passage of the game, but did not face any on-field disciplinary action as England went on to win the Pool C encounter 45-7.

USA back-row John Quill has been handed a three-week suspension for a similar tackle he made on Owen Farrell late in the game, which saw him sent off by referee Nic Berry following consultation with the TMO.

With eliminating such tackles from the game a point of emphasis for officials going into the tournament, Francis becomes the fifth player to be cited for a dangerous high tackle after just one week of action.

Francis could now be banned for England’s clash with Argentina in Tokyo next Saturday and their final Pool C fixture against France in Yokohama the following weekend.

Hooley, who was injured in a later incident having been tackled by England flanker Mark Wilson, was taken to hospital and diagnosed with a heavy concussion after the game.

Attack-coach Scott Wisemantel insisted the England camp have been impressed by the officiating in England’s opening two fixtures.

“It’s a tough job and we’ve been really happy with the referees and the assistants that we’ve had, so I think they’ve done a great job,” Wisemantel said.

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