Eddie Jones backs Owen Farrell to avoid citing

Tyler Owen
November 7, 2018

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 were transformed in the second half, with their backs finally getting the ball in hand, but it was their pack, missing a host of first-choice players, who delivered the key blow by shoving the Springbok pack backwards near their own line to win a penalty that Farrell slotted for the 12-11 lead.

"(The) Most important thing is what we do next", the Australian said.

TIGHTHEAD prop Nick Schonert has been included in England's 35-strong squad to prepare for Saturday's battle with New Zealand at Twickenham.

"I don't understand this guys".

Shields was born in Masterton to English parents and played for Hurricanes before moving to Wasps and tasting Test rugby with England.

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'It's like everything - when you're selecting a national team, there's a whole lot of good players that don't quite make it. "If I stay long enough you're going to get me sacked, so one day you're going to be happy".

"Why has it got to be the most important game?"

'But look, it's an issue I don't really want to talk about.

Pollard booted South Africa, missing key men with the Test falling outside the official global 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.

"New Zealand's a different kettle of fish to the Springboks", said Jones, Australia's coach when they lost the 2003 World Cup final to England in Sydney and a consultant to the 2007 world champion Springboks. As you know he injured his ankle.

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