Owen Farrell to overlook two World Cup matches after enchantment leads to ban

Owen Farrell will miss England’s essential Rugby World Cup pool matches towards Argentina and Japan after being handed a four-match suspension.

Farrell’s sending off towards Wales at Twickenham was initially downgraded to a yellow card offence by a disciplinary panel final Tuesday.

But World Rugby, the game’s governing physique, elected to enchantment that call, with an enchantment committee shaped.

That panel has now overturned final week’s disciplinary choice and levied a suspension, Farrell’s second of the 12 months and a fourth within the England captain’s profession.

It guidelines the fly half out of England’s final warm-up sport towards Fiji on Saturday, whereas final weekend’s go to to Ireland, from which Farrell was voluntarily stood down, can also be encompassed inside the four-match ban.

The 31-year-old will due to this fact miss solely the primary two matches in France, and can turn out to be accessible for his or her third pool fixture towards Chile.

He will, nevertheless, miss the encounters with England’s likeliest rivals for a quarter-final place, with Steve Borthwick’s aspect opening their match towards Argentina in Marseille on 9 September earlier than a gathering with Japan in Nice eight days later.

The enchantment committee discovered that the unique panel failed to think about whether or not Farrell had tried to wrap within the sort out, concluding that he had not, and thus was deemed “always illegal”.

That meant that he was not entitled to the mitigation that dropped the offence under the purple card threshold, ensuing within the ban, decreased by two weeks from a six-match entry level.

A press release from the Six Nations, who function the Summer Nations Series, mentioned: “The Appeal Committee therefore considered that the Disciplinary Committee’s decision to downgrade the red card to a yellow card had been manifestly wrong, which led to the Disciplinary Committee’s decision being overturned, the appeal brought by World Rugby being allowed, and the red card upheld.

“In considering sanction, the Committee applied World Rugby’s mandatory minimum mid-range entry point for foul play resulting in contact with the head (six-matches). Taking all considerations into account, including the player’s acceptance of foul play, clear demonstration of remorse and his good character, the Committee agreed a four-match suspension.”

The ban could possibly be adopted by extra unhealthy information for Borthwick, with the end result of Billy Vunipola’s disciplinary listening to after his purple card towards Ireland anticipated to be introduced on Wednesday morning.

England tackle Fiji at Twickenham on Saturday of their closing match earlier than heading to their World Cup coaching base in Le Touquet.

The size of Farrell’s ban means Borthwick is very unlikely to switch him in his 33-man squad, with George Ford and Marcus Smith each additionally included as specialist fly half choices.

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