By Nicolas Dendri
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During his match against Ireland, theEngland received a new Red card for a shoulder tackle to face of an Irish player. The English are playing their third World Cup preparation match this Saturday, August 19. After the red card received last week by Owen Farrell against Wales, indiscipline began to be a problem for Steve Borthwick’s men.
Red card for Vunipola
At the 52e minute of play, the XV of the Rose is led 12-3. The Irish launch an attack in midfield. Andrew Porter tries to cross between Billy Vunipola and Courtney Lawes. But the English third center line engages his shoulder directly in the face of the Irish pillar.
Paul Williams stops the game, calls the bunker and gives a yellow card to the youngest of the Vunipola brothers. Two minutes later, after Ireland’s third try from James Lowe, the referee turns the yellow card into red.
Two red cards in two games
This red card seems to be one too many for England coach Steve Borthwick. Last week, Owen Farrell was sanctioned for a similar gesture against Wales on Saturday August 12.
This red card resulted in a controversy during the week. Indeed, the independent commission ruled by awarding no penalties for fly half of the XV of the Rose. A very surprising decision and strongly criticized on social networks.
But in the middle of the week, World Rugby has decided to appeal this decision.. A case to follow concerning Owen Farrell and now Billy Vunipola who could face a suspension next week.
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