Published On: Fri, Sep 15th, 2023
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Two England Rugby World Cup stars unfairly treated as Steve Borthwick frustrated | Rugby | Sport

England head coach Steve Borthwick feels that two members of his Rugby World Cup squad have been unfairly treated. England saw Tom Curry sent off just three minutes into their World Cup opener for a dangerous tackle, but similar head contact elsewhere in the tournament has gone unpunished.

Despite Borthwick’s side coming through their opening test against Argentina with a 27-10 victory, the red card for Curry left a sour taste in the mouth of England fans. The sending-off followed a disrupted warm-up campaign which saw Owen Farrell slapped with a four-match suspension following a high tackle during their match against Wales.

Curry has been handed a two-match ban for head-to-head contact with Juan Cruz Mallia. However, South Africa’s Jesse Kriel escaped a ban despite a similar collision with Scotland’s Jack Dempsey.

England’s group opponents Chile also escaped unpunished after Martin Sigren was given a yellow card for head contact in their game against Japan. Borthwick has now taken aim at World Rugby for their differing treatment with Farrell and Curry compared to their rivals.

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He said: “It has been said and noted that there has been a large amount of commentary from different sources about what appears to be a lack of consistency and transparency in the decision-making process.

“I note there was a tremendous amount of comment from World Rugby on Owen Farrell for a couple of weeks during our preparation for this tournament.

“It was a situation that went on and on with lots of comment from World Rugby. I note there hasn’t been very many comments from World Rugby – I’m told – in the last week or so. I will leave that to World Rugby.”

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