Owen Farrell might but face a ban after World Rugby confirmed it might be interesting in opposition to the overturning of the England captain’s crimson card.
Farrell’s sending off in opposition to Wales at Twickenham final weekend was rescinded by a disciplinary panel on Tuesday, clearing the fly half to play as quickly as this weekend in opposition to Ireland.
Farrell was discovered to have made direct contact to the top of Wales Taine Basham through the second half of the World Cup warm-up fixture, however the panel determined that the involvement of teammate Jamie George induced a “late change in dynamics” that dropped the incident all the way down to a yellow card offence.
However World Rugby has now confirmed it will likely be difficult that call, with a brand new disciplinary panel to be shaped.
“World Rugby has today confirmed to the Rugby Football Union and Six Nations Rugby that it will exercise its right to appeal in regard to the Owen Farrell disciplinary decision following a careful review of the independent Judicial Committee’s full written decision received on 16 August,” an announcement from the governing physique mentioned.
“World Rugby fully supports the important role that an independent disciplinary process plays in upholding the integrity and values of the sport, particularly regarding foul play involving head contact. Player welfare is the sport’s number one priority, and the Head Contact Process is central to that mission at the elite level of the sport.
“Having considered the full written decision, World Rugby considers an appeal to be warranted.”
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