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Rugby World Cup 2023: Kevin Sinfield insists England have no discipline problem | Rugby union news


England coach and Leeds Rhinos legend Kevin Sinfield has dismissed suggestions that England have a discipline problem at the Rugby World Cup, following the announcement that Tom Curry faces a two-match suspension against Japan and Chile.

Last updated: 09/13/23 4:01 p.m.

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Kevin Sinfield has defended England’s discipline and said Tom Curry’s red card against Argentina was “unfortunate”.

Kevin Sinfield has defended England’s discipline and said Tom Curry’s red card against Argentina was “unfortunate”.

England defense coach Kevin Sinfield has dismissed suggestions there is a discipline problem among the players, but admits they are getting used to playing with 14 men.

The former Leeds Rhinos legend was speaking at a press conference, reacting to the news that England flanker Tom Curry had been handed a two-match ban for his red card during the Cup. rugby world against Argentina for a frontal tackle.

“I think it’s tough given the changes, discipline-wise,” Sinfield said.

“We gave away seven penalties this weekend, but I don’t think we have a disciplinary problem.”

This is a World Cup using a new “bunker” type evaluation system. Yellow cards are reviewed for 10 minutes and the bunker referee has the power to change the yellow to red. Sinfield said England were “unlucky” with what happened in Marseille on Saturday night.

“I don’t think it’s any different than any other challenges that have taken place,” Sinfield said.

England's Elliot Daly reflects on rugby tackle height controversy ahead of Tom Curry disciplinary hearing

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England’s Elliot Daly reflects on rugby tackle height controversy ahead of Tom Curry disciplinary hearing

England’s Elliot Daly reflects on rugby tackle height controversy ahead of Tom Curry disciplinary hearing

“We have to understand that this is part of the sport and unfortunately we had to face four out of six and not just three out of four (red cards).

“We understand and we’re getting pretty good at defense with 14 men, but we want to have everyone, our full squad at all times. So we’ll look to improve that area, but it’s difficult to pin down exactly what it is. acts.”

Curry is the third English player in a month to receive a red card and serve a suspension.

Four weeks ago at Twickenham, England skipper Farrell caught Welsh flanker Taine Basham directly in the face with a high tackle, using a technique that has gotten him into trouble before. Farrell received a red card.

Sky Sports News' James Cole provides an update on England's training camp as Steve Borthwick's side continue their preparations for Sunday's clash against Japan

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Sky Sports News’ James Cole provides an update on England’s training camp as Steve Borthwick’s side continue their preparations for Sunday’s clash against Japan

Sky Sports News’ James Cole provides an update on England’s training camp as Steve Borthwick’s side continue their preparations for Sunday’s clash against Japan

Three weeks ago in Dublin, England, number 8 Billy Vunipola was dismissed for a shoulder-to-head tackle on Irish prop Andrew Porter, in which he made no attempt to wrap his arm.

Curry’s ban means he will miss the World Cup’s Pool D matches against Japan (September 17) and Chile (September 23).

The 25-year-old admitted he had committed a red card during the hearing and had an initial six-week suspension reduced to three weeks, then two weeks, with the RFU confirming Curry would take part in a training program. coaching intervention instead. to miss a third match.

“Better morale in the camp” despite Curry’s ban

England trained again on Wednesday at their base in Le Touquet.

England trained again on Wednesday at their base in Le Touquet.

Speaking during England training on Tuesday, Sky Sports News’ James Cole said:

“The news in camp last night was that Tom Curry had received a two-match suspension for the red card he received in the third minute against Argentina for a high tackle. He will miss Sunday’s game as well as that of Sunday. against Chile as well.

“But England are strengthened by the return of Billy Vunipola, who ends his suspension. He will be back and available for England – he will return to the back row, Curry drops out.

England attack coach Richard Wigglesworth says there are more strengths in

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England attack coach Richard Wigglesworth insists there are more strengths in the team’s ‘armoury’ than George Ford’s ability to take kicks ahead of their clash with Japan .

England attack coach Richard Wigglesworth insists there are more strengths in the team’s ‘armoury’ than George Ford’s ability to take kicks ahead of their clash with Japan .

“We saw yesterday how much energy there seems to be and how much better morale is in the camp after that win against Argentina. It was a huge result for them, after a lot of pressure on the team in preparation for this World Cup.

“How many changes will England make apart from Curry? Not many, I think, if any.

“We heard yesterday from Richard Wigglesworth, the England attack coach, and he said that ‘continuity is the key’. We don’t know but we think the backline will stay the same.”


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