Owen Farrell Avoids Citing after No-Arms Tackle

A rugby player fends off a tackle

England fly-half Owen Farrell has avoided a citing for his tackle against South Africa and is free to take on the All Blacks this coming Saturday.

There has been debate over whether Farrell's tackle on centre André Esterhuizen constituted a penalty but World Rugby have backed the on-field call.

Meanwhile, England head coach Eddie Jones has called up 35 players to kick off preparations for their next international match against New Zealand.

Harlequins centre Joe Marchant will join up with the squad for the first time this series.

Tom Curry (Sale Sharks) will be assessed further on an ankle injury he sustained during England's win over South Africa on Saturday.

England sealed a 12-11 victory over the Boks at the weekend in their first Test of November.

England squad

Forwards: Tom Curry (Sale Sharks), Charlie Ewels (Bath Rugby), Jamie George (Saracens), Dylan Hartley (Northampton Saints) co-captain, Alec Hepburn (Exeter Chiefs), Maro Itoje (Saracens), George Kruis (Saracens), Courtney Lawes (Northampton Saints), Zach Mercer (Bath Rugby), Ben Moon (Exeter Chiefs), Michael Rhodes (Saracens), Nick Schonert (Worcester Warriors), Brad Shields (Wasps), Kyle Sinckler (Harlequins), Elliott Stooke (Bath Rugby), Sam Underhill (Bath Rugby), Harry Williams (Exeter Chiefs), Mark Wilson (Newcastle Falcons)

Backs: Chris Ashton (Sale Sharks), Mike Brown (Harlequins), Danny Care (Harlequins), Joe Cokanasiga (Bath Rugby), Elliot Daly (Wasps), Nathan Earle (Harlequins), Owen Farrell (Saracens) co-captain, George Ford (Leicester Tigers), Alex Lozowski (Saracens), Joe Marchant (Harlequins), Jonny May (Leicester Tigers), Jack Nowell (Exeter Chiefs), Henry Slade (Exeter Chiefs), Ben Te’o (Worcester Warriors), Manu Tuilagi (Leicester Tigers), Richard Wigglesworth (Saracens), Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers)

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