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England's Tom Curry gets hearing date after red card against Pumas

By Josh Raisey
Tom Curry/ PA

After being red carded in the third minute of England’s opening World Cup fixture against Argentina on Saturday, England flanker Tom Curry will learn his fate on Tuesday evening (French time) as to whether he will be banned or not.

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The openside clashed heads with Argentina fullback Juan Cruz Mallía after chasing a box kick, and was initially yellow carded by referee Mathieu Raynal, who referred it to Marius Jonker in the TMO bunker. Jonker upgraded the card to a red a few minutes later, and England had to play the remaining 77 minutes with 14 players. They came away 27-10 winners nonetheless.

England play Japan on Sunday, so Curry will find out on Tuesday whether he will be eligible for that match or not, or even the pool fixtures against Chile and Samoa.

A World Rugby statement reads: “England’s Tom Curry will appear before an independent Judicial Committee in Paris having received a red card, following a review by the Foul Play Review Officer, in England’s Rugby World Cup 2023 Pool D match against Argentina in Marseille on Saturday, 9 September for an offence contrary to Law 9.13 (dangerous tackle). At the player’s request, the hearing will take place on Tuesday evening, 12 September.

“The independent Judicial Committee that will hear the matter will be chaired by Adam Casselden SC (Australia), joined by former players John Langford (Australia) and Jamie Corsi (Wales).”

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England head coach Steve Borthwick was reluctant to comment on the red after the match, although he did not remain entirely tight-lipped.

“Clearly I am not going to comment on the one going through a disciplinary process now,” he said.

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“I thought the other one was quite interesting. It looked very similar to an instance a few weeks ago that got upgraded to a red.”

Rugby World Cup

Pool A
P
W
L
D
PF
PA
PD
BP T
BP-7
BP
Total
1
Italy
1
1
0
0
5
2
France
1
1
0
0
4
3
Uruguay
0
0
0
0
0
4
New Zealand
1
0
1
0
0
5
Namibia
1
0
1
0
0
Pool B
P
W
L
D
PF
PA
PD
BP T
BP-7
BP
Total
1
Ireland
1
1
0
0
5
2
Scotland
0
0
0
0
0
3
South Africa
0
0
0
0
0
4
Tonga
0
0
0
0
0
5
Romania
1
0
1
0
0
Pool C
P
W
L
D
PF
PA
PD
BP T
BP-7
BP
Total
1
Australia
1
1
0
0
5
2
Fiji
0
0
0
0
0
3
Portugal
0
0
0
0
0
4
Wales
0
0
0
0
0
5
Georgia
1
0
1
0
0
Pool D
P
W
L
D
PF
PA
PD
BP T
BP-7
BP
Total
1
Japan
1
1
0
0
5
2
England
1
1
0
0
4
3
Samoa
0
0
0
0
0
4
Argentina
1
0
1
0
0
5
Chile
1
0
1
0
0
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