Owen Farrell England’s Piers Francis under scrutiny for Rugby World Cup high shot

Owen Farrell England’s Piers Francis under scrutiny for Rugby World Cup high shot

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England may also find themselves in hot water with the Rugby World Cup judiciary despite the United States having a player sent off in their game overnight.

Owen Farrell USA fullback Will Hooley, left, is hit high by England's Piers Francis in the first minute of their  Pool C clash.

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USA fullback Will Hooley, left, is hit high by England’s Piers Francis in the first minute of their Pool C clash.

Former Blues utility back Piers Francis is likely to come under the spotlight for a first-minute tackle in England’s 45-7 win in Kobe, which saw the US end with 14 players after flanker John Quill was red-carded for a high shot with his shoulder on star England back Owen Farrell.

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England coach Eddie Jones says Owen Farrell’s nose “was found on the field” after high hit against USA.

Francis hit USA fullback Will Hooley in a tackle following the kick-off that seemed to show on slow-motion replay that the England player’s shoulder directly struck Hooley’s jaw.

However, referee Nick Berry chose not to review the tackle and Francis went unpunished.

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USA flanker John Quill sent off for a ‘cheap shot’ on England’s Owen Farrell during ill-tempered match.

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