Published: Wed, November 07, 2018
Sport | By Floyd Cook

England: Owen Farrell cleared to tackle All Blacks

England: Owen Farrell cleared to tackle All Blacks

But Gardner, despite World Rugby's current crackdown on risky play, eventually decided against penalising Farrell's challenge, even though it appeared the England co-captain was leading with his shoulder.

Trailing by a point with the clock ticking over 80 minutes, the Springboks launched one last attack which was only stopped by a crunching tackle by Farrell on Esterhuizen that resulted in an England turn-over.

England's medical team will assess flanker Tom Curry of Sale Sharks who suffered an ankle injury against South Africa.

Farrell, who was yellow-carded for a similar hit late in the defeat by Australia that ended England's World Cup hopes in 2015, could still be punished if the citing commissioner deems Saturday's hit worthy of a red card.

England are looking for their first victory against the All Blacks since December 2012.

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"If you watch at full speed, he has a big run up on me and we both bounce off each other and end up on the floor", Farrell said after the match.

Brad Shields came "very close" to New Zealand selection before opting to represent England, according to All Blacks assistant coach Ian Foster. "All the data shows that", Jones said.

Pollard booted South Africa, missing key men with the Test falling outside the official worldwide window, into an early lead after Kyle Sinckler strayed offside and England were a man down with 15 minutes played when Itoje was shown a yellow card.

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. "He had a 30-metre run up at me so it was tough, we both popped up off each other and it is hard to keep that under control".

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