- Curry banned for two matches after red card
- Flanker could return against Samoa
- 3rd red card in four games for England
Flanker Tom Curry, will be suspended for England’s upcoming two Rugby World Cup matches after receiving a red card during Saturday’s victory against Argentina. Curry became England’s third player to be sent off in four matches following Owen Farrell and Billy Vunipola.
Initially, Curry was issued a yellow card for a tackle on Juan Cruz Mallia, which involved head-to-head contact within the first three minutes of play. However, when given further scrutiny, with the “bunker” review,, the decision was upgraded to a red card.
Following a disciplinary hearing on Tuesday, an independent committee handed down a three-match ban to the Sale back row. However, this suspension can be reduced to two games if Curry successfully completes the World Rugby coaching programme focused on tackling. This underscores the significance of player safety and proper technique in the sport.
Curry to miss Japan and Chile matches
Curry will be on the sidelines for the Pool D matches against Japan and Chile. He could make a return for the final Pool game against Samoa, providing he completes the aforementioned coaching programme on tackling.
Curry’s return to the starting line-up after injury was seen as a massive boost for England, therefore, despite the morale boosting win against Argentina, his absence through suspension will be a blow. Bettors need to analyse the impact this will have when making their picks on England’s next two matches.
On a positive note for England, captain Farrell is due to return, however, some pundits have argued that Farrell’s absence allowed George Ford to step up and control the game. It remains to be seen whether he can be so influential alongside Farrell and punters need to look at the effect this could have on England’s performances.
What cannot be ignored is the amount of red cards England have been racking up. This is another factor to take into account.
Punters looking to bet on England in the later stages of the tournament need to monitor their performances over the remainder of the Pool Stage. At the time of writing, bet365 have England as 10/1 fifth favourites to win the tournament. They have hosts France as 3/1 favourites, ahead of New Zealand, 4/1, after their impressive Pool Stage win over the All Blacks. In-form South Africa are 11/4 and Ireland are 5/1. Prices are correct at the time of writing and are subject to change.
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