Tom Curry: England flanker out of New Zealand Test with ankle injury

Jo Caldwell
November 7, 2018

He's avoided disciplinary action over allegations of a shoulder charge at the end of England's win over South Africa.

World Rugby said there were no citings arising from the test following reviews, or from the Wales-Scotland and Ireland-Italy matches on Saturday.

Australian referee Angus Gardner came under heavy criticism after he didn't award South Africa a penalty for what looked like a unsafe and no arms tackle by Farrell on Esterhuizen in the 84th minute of the match.

Tom Curry has been ruled out of Saturday's Test against New Zealand and the remainder of England's autumn internationals with a "serious" ankle injury.

He appeared to lead with the shoulder in tackling Andre Esterhuizen, an offence that under the current crackdown on risky tackles could have resulted in a red card being issued by referee Angus Gardner.

"Angus Gardner, the referee, accepted that Farrell had made enough of an effort to wrap his left arm in the tackle".

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You know, we're a bloody good team, we've lost a few games, we played tough today and we won.

"I don't understand this guys".

Speaking in the wake of England's controversial victory over the Springboks, Jones says he felt the on-field referee was being asked to do too much.

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'I just think the game is getting more intense.

"As soon as anyone goes to the big screen you are [nervous]", Farrell told reporters.

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

England have not played reigning world champions New Zealand since 2014 and next week's showdown has been eagerly anticipated ahead of next year's World Cup in Japan.

"We're going to start preparing for New Zealand".

"They want the game to be an athletic contest".

Shields was born in Masterton to English parents and played for Hurricanes before moving to Wasps and tasting Test rugby with England.

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