Rugby is in “trouble”, say the game’s big boys after the England star was banned from the RWC

Former England captain Will Carling has questioned World Rugby’s justice committee after Tom Curry was banned for two World Cup matches on Monday.

Curry, who was red carded for a frontal tackle against Argentina in the opening minutes on Saturday, accepted a three-game ban, reduced to two games, for agreeing to commit a high shot in the tackle. to go to school.

As a result, he will miss England’s Tests against Japan and Chili.

“The player accepted that a foul had occurred and that the offense warranted a red card,” World Rugby said in a statement.

“The committee found that the offense carries a mandatory minimum penalty in the mid-range (six games) and, after considering the mitigating factors, including the admission of foul play and the correctness of the red card at the first opportunity, an exemplary disciplinary record, We apologize to.” The player and the good character reduced the sanction by the maximum damage reduction of 50 percent.”

Tom Curry of England looks dejected as he leaves the pitch after receiving a yellow card from referee Mathieu Roger Jean Raynal (not pictured) as the 8 minute window for a TMO bunker review begins after a clash with Juan Cruz Mallia of Argentina (not pictured) collided during the Rugby World Cup France 2023 match between England and Argentina at Stade Velodrome on September 09, 2023 in Marseille, France. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

Tom Curry was suspended for two tests after colliding with Juan Cruz Mallia of Argentina at the Stade Velodrome in Marseille on September 9, 2023. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

Curry did not challenge the suspension, probably believing that challenging and losing and therefore missing their World Cup knockout games was a greater risk than sitting out tests against Japan and Chili.

Nevertheless, the decision was criticized from some quarters.

Not only did Curry make direct contact with a player returning from the air, but the force was minimal.

Less than 24 hours later, referee Angus Gardner missed head-to-head contact between the upright Jesse Kriel and Scot Jack Dempsey.

Nor was it taken up by the televised match referee or the post-match jury.

In many ways, the incident looked worse than the one in which Curry got his yellow card upgraded to red.

While former England winger Chris Ashton said Curry took a risk by attempting a high body tackle from a man flying out of the air, former World Cup-winning coach Clive Woodward said rugby was in trouble when the back-rower was called off for it An incident would be put in place.

“It was just an accident. “Curry’s direct contact with Juan Cruz Mallia was what I call a ‘rugby incident,’” Woodward wrote in the Daily Mail.

“In my opinion the sport is in trouble when such collisions are deemed worthy of a sending off. Whether a player’s actions are intentional or not should not, and does not, affect a referee’s decision. I understand that.

“But I really don’t know what Curry should do to avoid being in that situation.”

Carling, a respected voice and former England captain, questioned the consistency as Kriel’s high shot was not taken into account and Chile captain Martin Sigren’s yellow card was not upgraded.

“What rugby really needs is consistency and clarity when it comes to foul play,” Carling tweeted.

“Banning @TomCurry98 rather than banning two other players for almost identical incidents only leads to frustration and confusion. Not helpful if you want to market the game.” Rugby is in “trouble”, say the game’s big boys after the England star was banned from the RWC

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