SHAUN EDWARDS: Justice has been served for Owen Farrell. It is RIGHT that he has been cleared to play. Of course participant security is paramount however rugby is a collision sport

Justice has been served for Owen Farrell. I used to be one of many few individuals who thought his pink card was incorrect. It is true that he has been allowed to play.

We reside in a world of sluggish movement replays. These frame-by-frame photographs are so totally different from what gamers see on the sector.

Things occur in a break up second. If the ball provider adjustments course too late – as we noticed with Taine Basham – it’s nearly unattainable for the tackler to react.

People want to understand that. The post-game disciplinary system labored and now I want Owen the very best of luck within the sequel.

What I didn’t like concerning the Twickenham incident was the way in which all of the opponents threw up their arms to enchantment. It occurs on a regular basis now, as quickly as somebody comes close to the top. It’s like soccer, asking for pink playing cards. Sorry, that’s not rugby to me. Let the referees do their job.

Owen Farrell (pictured) was proven a yellow card, which was upgraded to a pink card by the brand new ‘Bunker’ ranking system, throughout England’s 19-17 win towards Wales on Saturday

The England fly-half was initially despatched to the sin bin for the above deal with on Taine Basham (centre) in Wales

Referee Nika Amashukeli (proper) then upgraded Farrell’s yellow card to pink after a evaluate occurred

Rugby is in a wierd place with regards to participant security. Of course, participant security is paramount, however the actuality is that it’s a collision sport. When we discuss tackling low across the legs, that additionally carries dangers.

The chop deal with is nice should you’re coming off the aspect of somebody, however should you’re head-on, likelihood is you’ll be knocked out.

Before the World Cup I requested the place the goal of the deal with is that if somebody had a choose and go close to the attempt line. The courier’s head is degree with their hips, so the place must you hit? I don’t know and I nonetheless haven’t had a solution.

Rugby is a sport with guidelines. It’s not a sport for villains. You shouldn’t hit folks on the top, however typically you miss issues and get it incorrect. Owen is a world class participant and I’m positive he practices deal with approach with Saracens and England. Mistakes will occur should you solely have a millisecond to react.

Whoever goes into the World Cup has an enormous benefit if he manages to maintain 15 gamers on the sector. New Zealand is the favourite for the match, however anybody who can preserve 15 gamers on the sector has an opportunity. When we gained the Six Nations final yr, we didn’t get a single card. It’s an enormous factor in fashionable rugby.

Initial fears had been raised for Steve Borthwick’s aspect (pictured) over whether or not Farrell would obtain a long-term deal with suspension and miss this autumn’s Rugby World Cup

But on Tuesday, Farrell (left) was totally acquitted by a panel of judges who discovered there have been mitigating components concerned within the deal with that meant the choice could possibly be reversed

Farrell (proper) is now instantly free to play and might be accessible to participate within the warm-up sport towards Ireland this weekend

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Romain Ntamack’s damage is a shock to everybody

Our process on the World Cup acquired a bit tougher after we misplaced Romain Ntamack to a knee damage.

It was a shock to everybody. Fabien Galthie advised everybody and it was only a complete shock. We thought it was a minor damage, however sadly the cruciate ligament is a crucial a part of your physique.

He has had a scan and as quickly as you get the pictures again you realize what’s occurring. There’s no guesswork. It was unhealthy information.

I really feel with Romain as a result of he’s a mannequin skilled in the way in which he takes care of his physique and prepares for competitions. You felt the entire place drop their shoulders once we came upon. He’s such a preferred particular person, but in addition a terrific participant who controls a whole lot of our sport.

He has a relaxing affect on our staff; kicks on the proper time, passes on the proper time and he’s probably the greatest defensive 10s on the planet. He is an enormous boy who likes to get issues achieved. I really feel for him and I really feel for his household.

It’s a heartbreaking feeling to lose one in every of your finest gamers and you’re feeling for the boy himself.

It jogged my memory of my first UK tour in 1988. I used to be 21 and all my life I had been coaching to tour Australia. In the primary sport towards Papua New Guinea I injured my knee after which I needed to go dwelling. It nonetheless bothers me to this present day.

Someone else should intervene and we’ll simply need to do our greatest. There is little doubt that there was an environment of despondency. It is now as much as us as coaches to get the gamers again on their toes as quickly as potential.

France’s fly-half, Romain Ntmack (pictured), has been dominated out of the Rugby World Cup as a result of a knee damage

The quantity 10 (pictured) tore his anterior cruciate ligament throughout France’s 30-27 win towards Scotland

Fabien Galthie (pictured) and his aspect are in shock after dropping their playmaker, however should discover a substitute forward of the match

France, set to host the 2023 Rugby World Cup, will tackle New Zealand in what might be an electrical curtain for the occasion

Les Bleus, who’ve been drawn in Pool A 4 of the match, will face the All Blacks, Italy, Uruguay and Namibia within the Group Stage


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The draw for the World Cup has been unilateral

We don’t have lengthy to go now. In the again of our minds, we now have been making ready for the competitors in New Zealand for 2 or three months now.

It is a vital sport, however in all probability much more necessary is the match towards Italy within the second spherical. If it doesn’t go our manner towards New Zealand, that duel with Italy might be important. The identical goes for Ireland, once they tackle Scotland after South Africa.

New Zealand have been enhancing over the previous yr since they modified coaches and acquired a brand new entrance row. They are doing nice, however we now have additionally had some excellent durations.

The draw ended a bit lopsided. It appears a little bit unfair that the highest 5 groups are on the identical aspect of the draw, however that’s the hand we’ve been dealt. As we see, we simply need to cope with the challenges forward.