Owen Farrell free to play All Blacks

Owen Farrell free to play All Blacks

England head coach Eddie Jones laughed off the prospect of Owen Farrell being cited for a unsafe tackle at the end of Saturday's 12-11 win over South Africa.

World Rugby has confirmed that there was no citing arising from the match, clearing Farrell to prepare for the All Blacks' visit to Twickenham this weekend.

There was more drama with the clock red when Farrell clattered into Andre Esterhuizen with what could have been deemed to be a high tackle, but referee Angus Gardner saw nothing untoward after taking another look and England were able to celebrate a battling victory.

Cape Town - A world record is in the offing for the All Blacks in their Test against England at Twickenham on Saturday.

The hot topic since the completion of the match against has been around the Owen Farrell tackle on Andre Esterhuizen.

South Africa coach Rassie Erasmus opted to go down the sarcasm route when asked for his opinion.

After looking at the replay, officials ruled that Farrell had made enough of an effort to wrap an arm round his opponent to make the tackle legal - leaving the England No.10 punching the air in delight.

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"The most important thing is what we do next", Jones answered. We're a bloody good team. We lost a few games but we played tough today and we won.

"He injured his ankle but beyond that we don't know how long, but for the next three Test matches he'll be unavailable for us - everybody else is available for selection".

"I just think the game is getting more intense". Because you guys (the media) want to sack me, is that why?

"When you get in those arm wrestles, someone's got to give".

He said: "To beat the New Zealanders you've got to be unbelievably disciplined".

"(And) you've got to understand their weaknesses". "It'll be a proper game of rugby".

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