September 27, 2019 / 6:03 AM / 19 days ago

England's Francis cited for dangerous tackle

FILE PHOTO: Rugby Union - England Training - Clifton College Sports Ground, Bristol, Britain - August 16, 2019 England's Piers Francis during training Action Images via Reuters/Matthew Childs

KOBE, Japan (Reuters) - England centre Piers Francis has been cited for a dangerous tackle on Will Hooley in his side’s 45-7 victory over the United States in a Rugby World Cup match on Thursday.

Francis was not sanctioned during the Pool C match in Kobe and was cited by World Rugby after the game that also had U.S. flanker John Quill sent off for a shoulder charge on England’s Owen Farrell.

Francis is the fifth player to face the judiciary this week for dangerous tackles after World Rugby criticised the referees for inconsistency around their judgements in earlier games.

Reporting by Greg Stutchbury; Editing by Amlan Chakraborty

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