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Darcy Swain to face disciplinary hearing but no word on Jonny Hill

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Jonny Hill of England is shown a yellow card during game one of the international test match series between the Australian Wallabies and England at Optus Stadium on July 02, 2022 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

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Darcy Swain will attend an independent disciplinary hearing on Tuesday following his red card in Australia’s 30-28 victory over England in their Test series opener.

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The Wallabies had the second row dismissed in the 34th minute for headbutting Jonny Hill in an off-the-ball incident at Optus Stadium but still avoided a ninth successive defeat in the fixture.

However, Swain could face a suspension following an incident that was the result of some repeated “provocation” by England and Hill, according to Australia head coach Dave Rennie.

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Post-match press conference with England head coach Eddie Jones and captain Courtney Lawes following their 30-28 loss to Australia.
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Post-match press conference with England head coach Eddie Jones and captain Courtney Lawes following their 30-28 loss to Australia.

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At one point Hill, who was sin-binned for his part in the incident, was pulling Swain’s hair and, after the match, Rennie said: “I’m not sure if it was a team plan, but there was certainly provocation there.

“Not just in that situation but also earlier in the game.

“We’ll have a decent look at the footage and work out how we’re going to appeal that. We’ll have decent look at the card. We’ll be seeking clarity around it.”

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There is no word yet on whether Hill will face a citing for his part in the incident. Veteran rugby reporter with the PA news agency – Andrew Baldock – noted on Twitter: “Wouldn’t be surprised if Jonny Hill is cited. Agustin Creevy and Chris Ashton both banned for hair-pulling. Creevy on Eben Etzebeth, which can’t have been the brightest move.”

World Rugby have 48 hours in which to cite the Exeter Chiefs lock.

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