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John Dennen

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Captain Courtney Lawes concedes self-discipline is a matter for England after Billy Vunipola is given a purple card throughout World Cup warm-up match; Vunipola’s sending-off follows Owen Farrell’s purple card incident and head coach Steve Borthwick admits England face ‘one other week of disruption’

Final Up to date: 19/08/23 8:41pm

Billy Vunipola was the second England participant to be red-carded in consecutive video games

One other key participant despatched off and one other purple card has haunted England’s preparations forward of the approaching Rugby World Cup.

Fly-half Owen Farrell is on the centre of an issue as World Rugby appeals his purple card final week being overturned.

Now, throughout England’s 29-10 defeat in a warm-up match in opposition to Eire on Saturday, No 8 Billy Vunipola was additionally dismissed for launching his shoulder into Andrew Porter’s head.

England captain Courtney Lawes conceded self-discipline is a matter

Vunipola’s purple card signifies that if he now will get a subsequent ban, as anticipated, he might be a doubt for a minimum of a few of the Rugby World Cup.

It is one other main concern for a beleaguered England workforce.

Their captain Courtney Lawes lamented: “We actually damage ourselves in sure areas immediately, manner too many turnovers, self-discipline a difficulty once more. So we’re fairly disenchanted with that.”

There was no malice Vunipola’s motion, he insisted.

“Break up-second choices, issues occur, individuals need to get us on the entrance foot and sadly errors like that occur,” he advised Prime Video in a post-match interview.

“Individuals aren’t doing this on objective, it is not we have to simply deal with decrease,” he continued. “What extra are you able to do? We’re not making an attempt to harm one another as I say, split-second choices, generally errors occur.

“We have to try to make the game protected for everybody who performs and that is why sanctions like this are put into place and we obtained a purple card for it.”

A ban for Vunipola would severely have an effect on England’s World Cup plans

However he added: “It may proceed to be half and parcel of the sport sadly. The one factor you are able to do actually is do your greatest to get on with it, do not let it get your head down.”

He regarded to take positives from the 29-10 loss.

“We by no means surrender and that’s one thing to remove. We proceed to press on, proceed to try to enhance,” Lawes mentioned. “Not the efficiency we wished in any respect. We knew it was going to be arduous away from house in opposition to the No 1-ranked workforce on this planet.

“No matter what occurred, we discovered ourselves underneath the sticks far more than we wished to immediately however it was at all times constructive messages and on to the following job.”

‘One other week of disruption’

England coach Steve Borthwick acknowledged troublesome days lie forward for his workforce.

“It may be one other week of disruption. We knew that was coming already [with Owen Farrell’s hearing on Tuesday], it is now been amplified by the state of affairs with Billy,” he advised Prime Video.

England’s head coach Steve Borthwick has one other problem to handle

“We actually put a big emphasis on self-discipline and security. We have talked about that, we have had loads of conversations about it.

“What we want do to is take that incident in isolation itself and have a look at the incident the earlier week, however we additionally want to make sure the penalty depend away from that deal with space additionally improves.

“One of many issues is management what we will management and with 15 males on the pitch there was a tightness in that recreation, however once we went to 14 males in opposition to Eire we actually struggled.

“We have the gamers and if we get possession within the opposition half, we have to take our probabilities to attain factors.”

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