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England start the Six Nations beneath new head coach Steve Borthwick in opposition to Scotland at Twickenham on February 4, earlier than internet hosting Italy at Twickenham eight days later; the 5 Six Nations Checks are England’s final aggressive video games earlier than the 2023 Rugby World Cup in France in September
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James Cole explains why Owen Farrell has not obtained an extended ban after being cited for a excessive sort out whereas enjoying for Saracens in opposition to Gloucester
Owen Farrell shall be out there for England’s Six Nations opener in opposition to Scotland on February 4 along with his four-match ban for a excessive sort out set to be lowered to a few weeks.
Farrell made contact with the pinnacle of Gloucester substitute Jack Clement within the seventy fifth minute of the Premiership conflict at Kingsholm on Friday, which Saracens received 19-16 due to Farrell’s last-minute drop-goal.
The 31-year-old was handed a four-match ban on Wednesday however that shall be lowered to a three-week suspension if he completes the World Rugby Teaching Intervention Programme, stated a Rugby Soccer Union assertion.
The Take a look at at house to Scotland on Saturday February 4 would be the first in cost for brand spanking new England head coach Steve Borthwick, who has succeeded the sacked Eddie Jones within the position.
Farrell – who accepted foul play however challenged that it met the red-card threshold – will miss Saracens’ matches in opposition to Lyon (January 14) and Edinburgh (January 21) within the European Cup in addition to the Premiership assembly with Bristol on January 28.
Farrell sanctioned for prime sort out for third time
The punishment marks the third time Farrell has been punished for a excessive sort out.
He was banned for 5 weeks for a sort out on Wasps participant Charlie Atkinson in 2020, with that sanction lowered from 10 weeks on account of off-field mitigating elements.
Again in 2016, Farrell was suspended for 2 weeks for an unlawful problem on Wasps’ Dan Robson throughout a European Cup semi-final.
Farrell additionally averted a citing in November 2018 for a shoulder cost excessive to the chest of South Africa centre Andre Esterhuizen whereas enjoying for England, because the offence was deemed worthy of a yellow card and never pink. Farrell averted a sin-binning for the incident in the course of the Take a look at as England held on to win by some extent, 12-11.
Borthwick leads England within the wake of Jones’ sacking, after England suffered three defeats from 5 video games in every of their final two Six Nations campaigns, leaving them removed from title rivalry.
In 2023, England start by internet hosting Scotland at Twickenham on Saturday February 4, earlier than welcoming Italy to the house of English rugby on Sunday February 12.
They then journey to face Wales in Cardiff in Spherical 3 on Saturday February 25, host France in Spherical 4 on Saturday March 11, and end by taking up Eire in Dublin on Saturday March 18.
Farrell lucky | Borthwick has choice to make
Sky Sports activities Information reporter James Cole
“Some will say Farrell is fortunate to flee an extended ban, given this was a shoulder to the pinnacle sort out, precisely the kind of problem World Rugby want to eradicate from the sport.
“Had it been penalised on the pitch on the time, it might have been a pink card.
“Nonetheless, if you take a look at the RFU’s sanctioning framework, a mid-range ban for any such offence is six weeks, a low-end is 2 weeks. Farrell has been given a four-week ban, which shall be lowered to a few if he attends World Rugby’s Teaching Intervention Programme – often known as sort out faculty.
“Farrell denied this was a pink card offence, however did admit it was a excessive sort out. The panel determined it was reckless, fairly than intentional.
“It ought to be stated that Farrell does have earlier with regards to excessive tackles. He served a five-week ban in September 2020, and his method has been questioned as a result of he tackles in a really upright place.
“The sort out debate apart, the lengthy and the in need of it’s that Farrell shall be out there for the beginning of England’s Six Nations marketing campaign, which suggests new head coach Steve Borthwick has some selections to make.
“Will Farrell be his beginning fly-half and proceed as captain?”
Curry set to overlook begin of Six Nations
Flanker Tom Curry is about to overlook the primary two rounds of the Six Nations after tearing his hamstring throughout Sale’s Premiership victory over Harlequins on Sunday.
Curry, who has received 45 caps and skippered England for the primary time in final season’s Six Nations opener in opposition to Scotland, might return in opposition to Wales on February 25 with Sale rugby director Alex Sanderson saying the back-row’s damage will not be as severe as first thought.
Sanderson stated: “With it being a 2c (grade tear) and Tom being very diligent on his rehab, it means he may very well be again for Wales. So that may be a actual constructive for England and all of us, as a result of I would like England to do effectively.
“He will get on with issues fast, Tom. He has received his head round it, and he’s targeted on the Six Nations. Now that he is aware of it might have been six-eight [weeks], however extra possible four-six, he’s extra constructive about it.”
Exeter hooker Luke Cowan-Dickie may even miss not less than the beginning of the Six Nations after struggling an ankle damage.