Published: Wed, November 07, 2018
Sport | By Ruben Hill

England's Farrell cleared for All Blacks

England's Farrell cleared for All Blacks

Curry had started a fourth Test match in a row against South Africa, after being selected at seven for the three-Test series in the summer as well as the victory at Twickenham Stadium.

We're happy, they're (South Africa) not so happy.

Had Farrell been cited by commissioner Keith Brown, Farrell's availability for England's clash with New Zealand next weekend would have come under threat.

He appeared to lead with the shoulder in tackling Andre Esterhuizen, an offence that under the current crackdown on risky tackles could have resulted in a red card being issued by referee Angus Gardner.

"You can get cited for something you did at a party when you were 15, anything could happen", the former Wallabies coach added.

"I've got no idea what can happen".

"Most important thing is what we do next", the Australian said. "As he bounced off Esterhuizen, Farrell tried to dislodge the ball; he was not trying to wrap his arm".

"I don't understand this guys". We lost a few games but we played tough today and we won.

"I just think the game is getting more intense". Well, you're going to do it at some stage - you know that, you know that.

Ex-international referee Jonathan Kaplan, from South Africa, said Gardner got it wrong, opining that Farrell's "arm wrapping around is an afterthought".

Erasmus proved that he is a man of his word as video footage from Springbok training shows the former Munster coach teaching one of his players the same technique that Owen Farrell used against Esterhuizen.

All Australia's Super Rugby teams all have reasonably regular visits from referees but that is rarer when it comes to Test teams.

New Zealand have a 91% winning record in Tests since the 2015 World Cup but Jones said the squad are "excited about playing the best team in the world".

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