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Eddie Jones: Scott Barrett's red card 'ridiculous'

13 August 2019

Eddie Jones hit out at World Rugby over a "ridiculous" red card shown to New Zealand's Scott Barrett and allayed injury concerns over Tom Curry after England's Rugby World Cup warm-up win over Wales.

England's win deprived Wales of the No.1 world ranking.

Previously playing for Ipswich RFC and Colchester RFC, the once Gorseland Primary School pupil has earned himself a strong reputation playing on the flanks for the Northamptonshire club.

England hooker Dylan Hartley dives as he passes the ball.

Wales also has a big concern over the fitness of Anscombe, the five-eighth limping off in the first half after damaging his left knee in Alun Wyn Jones's Welsh record 135th Test.

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He follows Bath No 8 Taulupe Faletau, who suffered a broken collarbone during Wales training, in missing the competition.

Global governing body World Rugby have this year ordered referees to dismiss players for risky tackles in the head and neck area, regardless of intent, as they look to make the game safer.

"The message we have for them is that they have still got to be ready because the circumstances of the World Cup dictates that you have injuries".

32 year old Heinz, who played for the Crusaders until 2015, is one of just two halfbacks in the England squad.

"When you have that enthusiasm as young players it adds to the squad".

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Lock Maro Itoje and the Vunipola brothers Mako and Billy will be at the heart of England's forward pack.

England's last overseas World Cup campaign, in New Zealand in 2011, was marred by several embarrassing off-field incidents, but former Japan and Australia coach Jones said there was only so much he could do in a bid to avoid fresh trouble abroad. Jones also masterminded one of the greatest Rugby World Cup upsets when his Japan team beat South Africa four years ago.

England have named their squad nearly a month in advance of World Rugby's deadline. Maybe common sense was applied today really well, but what I'm saying is that we need to have some consistency in common sense.

England plays Tonga, the United States, Argentina and France in the group stage at the World Cup.

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Eddie Jones: Scott Barrett's red card 'ridiculous'