- England 19-17 Wales
- Borthwick could be without captain for World Cup opener
A relieving, bonkers win for a depleted England may yet come at a serious cost. A red card for Owen Farrell has placed the fly-half’s participation in the opening World Cup pool fixture against Argentina in Marseille next month under a major cloud and his head coach, Steve Borthwick, could easily find himself without his talismanic captain.
Farrell was initially shown yellow for a 63rd-minute shoulder to the head of the Wales replacement Taine Basham only for the punishment to be upgraded by the television match official under the new “bunker” review system. England’s skipper could have few complaints and, given his previous disciplinary history, may struggle to find much sympathy at his hearing in the coming days.
Written by Robert Kitson at Twickenham
This news first appeared on https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2023/aug/12/england-wales-rugby-world-cup-warmup-report under the title “George Ford leads England to victory against Wales but Owen Farrell sees red”. Bolchha Nepal is not responsible or affiliated towards the opinion expressed in this news article.