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England have been fined a four-figure sum following their V-shaped formation during New Zealand’s haka ahead of Saturday’s World Cup semi-final.
Red Rose boss Eddie Jones was behind the tactic used prior to kickoff during the Maori war dance.
And while the V-shape is not an issue itself, England have been hit with a four-figure fine and reprimanded by World Rugby after breaching regulations that state opponents must not cross the halfway line during the pre-match ritual.
Six England players could be seen in breach of the ruling on Saturday. England captain Owen Farrell said: “We knew we had to be in a radius behind them. we wanted to not just stand there and let them come at us.
“We wanted to be respectful but we didn’t just want to stand in a flat line.”
Officials could be seen asking players at both tips of the V to retreat, including Joe Marler, Billy Vunipola, Mark Wilson, Elliot Daly, Luke Cowan‑Dickie and Ben Youngs, but failed to succeed.
According to the Guardian, Engl
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