Owen Farrell will learn World Cup fate on Tuesday after appeal hearing

England captain Owen Farrell will face another disciplinary panel on Tuesday after his red card against Wales was overturned, meaning he’s clear to play at the World Cup

  • An appeal hearing about Owen Farrell’s red card will be heard on Tuesday 
  • The Judicial Committee has been named, chaired by Nigel Hampton KC 
  • England’s captain was sent off for a high tackle on Wales’ Taine Basham

England captain Owen Farrell will learn of his World Cup fate on Tuesday after he attends an independent appeal hearing in relation to his red card against Wales. 

Farrell was sent off in the World Cup warm-up clash at Twickenham for a high tackle on Taine Basham, with the referee’s ruling of a yellow card upgraded while he sat on the touchline.

Earlier this week, a disciplinary panel concluded that the ruling was flawed, and cleared him to play in future matches, after it was judged that flanker Basham was pushed towards Farrell by England’s Jamie George. 

The decision was appealed by World Rugby, who said ‘player welfare is the number one priority’, and it is their appeal that will be heard on Tuesday. 

Farrell will attend a hearing via video conference before an independent Judicial Committee. New Zealand’s Nigel Hampton KC will chair the meeting, and he will be joined by Ireland’s Donal Courtney and Singapore’s Shao-ing Wang.

England captain Owen Farrell will learn of his World Cup fate on Tuesday after an appeal

Farrell was sent off for a high tackle on Taine Basham during England’s win over Wales

If World Rugby are successful in their appeal, Farrell could be forced to sit out a number of England’s World Cup group stage games.

The Red Roses start their campaign against Argentina in Marseille on September 9, with Chile, Japan and Samoa also in Group D.   

England have another World Cup warm-up match against Ireland in Dublin on Saturday, and stand-in skipper Courtney Lawes believes the controversy will be able to fire up the squad. 

Ireland head coach Andy Farrell – the father of Owen – said the fallout from last week’s red card was a ‘disgusting circus’ which was impacting on the whole family.  

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