Published: Wed, November 07, 2018
Sport | By Ashley Hunter

England: Owen Farrell cleared to tackle All Blacks

England: Owen Farrell cleared to tackle All Blacks

Fairly combative at the best of times, a disappointing 2018 has seen the England head coach come under increasing scrutiny as the nation prepares for next year's Rugby World Cup in Japan.

England got their autumn series off to a winning start at Twickenham with a hard-fought 12-11 victory over South Africa, but the main talking point was Farrell's "no-arms" tackle on Esterhuizen in the dying seconds of the game.

Referee Angus Gardner consulted the TMO before declining to award the Springboks a kickable penalty that if landed would have changed the result.

"Why has it got to be the most important game?"

Jones said the squad is using the knowledge of both the coaching staff and playing set-up to formulate a game plan to beat the world champions on home soil.

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'There will be a bit of banter (among the players) I'm assuming afterwards, but everyone's pretty focused on what we do. And he's still doing the same job. "Just about every senior referee to whom I have spoken agrees with me", he wrote for The Times. At some stage in the future, probably not in my time, they may have to look at two referees on the field'.

With the clock beyond the 80-minute mark at Twickenham, England were desperately trying to keep the Springboks at bay before Andre Esterhuizen made a line break.

"The most important thing is what we do next", Jones answered.

There was then four successive games with six tries scored - against Australia in Sydney and Auckland, against Argentina in Nelson, and against South Africa in Wellington, despite the latter seeing them on the wrong end of the scoreline. It was a good Test match game of rugby today.

According to the Guardian, New Zealand paid for their tickets rather than receiving any complimentary hospitality from the RFU, going completely under the radar it seems!

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