England have unnoticed Owen Farrell from their squad to face Ireland in Dublin this weekend as they await information of an attraction over the rescinding of their captain’s pink card towards Wales.
World Rugby confirmed earlier on Thursday that it might be exercising the precise to attraction a choice made by a disciplinary panel earlier within the week to overturn Farrell’s sending off at Twickenham.
Head coach Steve Borthwick has confirmed that he had initially supposed to pick out the fly half for England’s third Rugby World Cup warm-up sport on the Aviva Stadium, however had been pressured to omit the 31-year-old after his preparation was “significantly affected and interrupted by the disciplinary process”.
In his stead, George Ford is handed the reins at fly half whereas Courtney Lawes captains the aspect from blindside flanker.
“In my original planning for the Summer Nations Series and as part of our Rugby World Cup preparation, Owen Farrell was due to be selected to play in this Saturday’s Test match in Dublin,” Borthwick stated.
“However, in light of the fact that so much of Owen’s training and match preparation time this week has been significantly affected and interrupted by the disciplinary process, I have not selected him in the matchday 23. Owen will travel to Ireland with our full support.
“Owen understands the situation, but is of course disappointed, as I am, that he is missing such a special game that he would otherwise have played in.”
Farrell’s absence apart, Borthwick seems to have named a aspect near that which he could select in England’s World Cup opener towards Argentina on 9 September.
Anthony Watson and Manu Tuilagi make their first appearances of the summer season within the backline, whereas Ollie Chessum is in line for his first sport since struggling a severe ankle damage through the Six Nations having been named on the bench.
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England crew to face Ireland in Dublin (Saturday 19 August
15. Freddie Steward (Leicester Tigers, 24 caps)
14. Anthony Watson (unattached, 55 caps)
13. Joe Marchant (Stade Francais, 17 caps)
12. Manu Tuilagi (Sale Sharks, 51 caps)
11. Elliot Daly (Saracens, 58 caps)
10. George Ford (vc) (Sale Sharks, 83 caps)
9. Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers, 123 caps)
1. Ellis Genge (vc) (Bristol Bears, 50 caps)
2. Jamie George (Saracens, 78 caps)
3. Will Stuart (Bath Rugby, 27 caps)
4. Maro Itoje (Saracens, 68 caps)
5. David Ribbans (Toulon, 6 caps)
6. Courtney Lawes (c) (Northampton Saints, 98 caps)
7. Ben Earl (Saracens, 16 caps)
8. Billy Vunipola (Saracens, 69 caps)
16. Theo Dan (Saracens, 1 cap)
17. Joe Marler (Harlequins, 80 caps)
18. Kyle Sinckler (Bristol Bears, 62 caps)
19. Ollie Chessum (Leicester Tigers, 9 caps)
20. Jack Willis (Toulouse, 11 caps)
21. Danny Care (Harlequins, 88 caps)
22. Marcus Smith (Harlequins, 22 caps)
23. Ollie Lawrence (Bath Rugby, 12 caps)