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Rugby: England’s Farrell could start World Cup with red card withdrawn

Rugby: England’s Farrell could start World Cup with red card withdrawn

England captain Owen Farrell can start the Rugby World Cup in France (September 8-October 28) after the disciplinary committee overturned his red card against Wales on Tuesday.

The opener was suspended for up to six weeks for a dangerous tackle on Welshman Dane Basham in the 63rd minute of England’s win (19-17).

The decision to exclude him was made by the “Bunker,” a referee who has the opportunity to review pictures from an isolated location during the meet.

He could play against Ireland on Saturday

A panel of Australian officials finally challenged the disqualification: “The committee has not confirmed this red card and the player can play again immediately”.

So Owen Farrell could lead the de la Rose XV from their next warm-up matches against Ireland on Saturday and Fiji on August 26.

England begin their World Cup campaign against Argentina on September 9, which also includes Japan, Chile and Samoa.

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