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Tom Curry has been suspended for England’s Rugby World Cup matches vs Japan (Sunday September 17) and Chile (Saturday September 23) after his third-minute crimson card vs Argentina in Marseille on Saturday for a head-on-head deal with on Pumas full-back Juan Cruz Mallia

By Michael Cantillon

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England back-row Tom Curry has been suspended for England’s Rugby World Cup pool video games vs Japan and Chile

England back-row Tom Curry has been handed a two-game ban for his Rugby World Cup crimson card vs Argentina, for a head-on-head excessive deal with.

Curry was red-carded in Marseille on Saturday through World Rugby’s bunker evaluate system – simply as colleagues Owen Farrell and Billy Vunipola have been final month – as his yellow card for a head-on-head contact with Pumas full-back Juan Cruz Mallia was upgraded.

The ban means Curry will miss World Cup Pool D matches vs Japan (September 17) and Chile (September 23).

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England’s Elliot Daly mirrored on rugby’s tackle-height controversy forward of Curry’s disciplinary listening to

England’s Elliot Daly mirrored on rugby’s tackle-height controversy forward of Curry’s disciplinary listening to

The 25-year-old accepted he had dedicated a crimson card offence on the listening to, and noticed an preliminary six-week suspension mitigated down to a few weeks, after which two weeks, with the RFU confirming Curry will attend a Teaching Intervention Programme in lieu of lacking a 3rd match.

“The participant accepted the crimson card and was suspended for 2 matches (topic to completion of the Teaching Intervention Programme). The unbiased Disciplinary Committee was chaired by Adam Casselden SC (Australia), joined by former gamers John Langford (Australia) and Jamie Corsi (Wales),” World Rugby confirmed.

“The participant accepted that foul play occurred and that the offence warranted a crimson card.

Curry got here from a distance to deal with Mallia because the latter returned to deck following an aerial take

And ended up catching the Puma head-on-head within the deal with

Curry was despatched to the sin-bin, and was then proven a crimson card after World Rugby’s bunker evaluate system

“The Committee famous that the offence carries a compulsory minimal mid-range sanction (six matches), and having thought of the mitigating components, together with admission of foul play and correctness of the crimson card on the first alternative, an exemplary disciplinary file, apology to the participant and good character, lowered the sanction by the utmost mitigation of fifty per cent.”

George Ford’s kicking proved pivotal as England posted a outstanding 27-10 Pool D victory over Argentina on the Stade Velodrome, regardless of the early dismissal of Curry.

Curry is the third England participant in a month to be crimson carded and serve a ban, as 4 weeks in the past at Twickenham, England skipper Farrell caught Wales flanker Taine Basham direct to the face with a excessive deal with, utilizing a method that has bought him into trouble beforehand, and was proven a crimson card.

Three weeks in the past in Dublin, England No 8 Billy Vunipola was dismissed for a shoulder-to-head deal with on Eire prop Andrew Porter, during which he made no try and wrap his arm.

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For many watching on, the unique yellow card proven to Curry for his conflict with Cruz Mallia was anticipated to stay as such. When phrase got here from TMO Marius Jonker to referee Mathieu Raynal that it might be upgraded to crimson, there was a good deal of shock for many, and shock for others.

Curry did clatter into his opponent head-on-head, inflicting Cruz Mallia sufficient injury that he departed the sector coated in blood, and would fail his Head Damage Evaluation (HIA), thus remaining off – like Curry – for the rest.

Cruz Mallia departed bloodied, and failed his HIA

However the England man additionally wrapped with each arms and appeared to unintentionally make contact along with his personal head as Cruz Mallia fell into him at tempo too. What did for Curry was that he was all the time excessive within the collision. He by no means modified his deal with top, got here from a distance, and had clear line of sight. With World Rugby scorching on head contact within the sport at current, it was a crimson card by the letter.

That being mentioned, two video games feels harsh for the incident, notably when South Africa centre Jesse Kriel and Wales fly-half Dan Biggar additionally made tackles which noticed head-on-head contact – albeit with far much less impression than Curry’s – and have been neither proven any card, nor have been they cited.

On the opposite facet of issues, Curry is fortunate in that the video games he’s lacking are vs Japan – who, with their present kind, England could be assured of beating anyway – and vs Chile, who Curry doubtless wouldn’t have confronted in any case.

There was shock from many when Curry’s yellow card was upgraded to crimson

The 25-year-old will probably be again for England’s last Pool D conflict vs Samoa after which the knockouts. It does clarify, although, that ought to a participant obtain a crimson card within the last spherical of pool video games, they may doubtless miss the quarter-finals and the semi-finals – a excessive value to pay, after which some.

By way of England’s subsequent choices, they do have Billy Vunipola out there once more following his personal two-game ban, and he’ll doubtless come straight in at No 8, probably shifting Ben Earl to openside. Lewis Ludlam and Jack Willis are additionally choices out there to Steve Borthwick.

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