England and Saracens player Owen Farrell has been cited for a high tackle on Gloucester’s Jack Clement, who went unpunished during the Premiership clash; the 31-year-old could miss the start of the Six Nations due to suspension; England face Scotland at Twickenham in the opening match on 4 February
Last Updated: 09/01/23 10:41am
Owen Farrell is a doubt for the start of the Six Nations, after the England captain was cited for an unpunished high tackle during the Premiership clash between Saracens and Gloucester.
“Owen Farrell, Saracens, has been charged following a game against Gloucester Rugby on Friday 6 January for a dangerous tackle, contrary to World Rugby Rule 9.13,” RFU confirmed on Monday.
“Farrell’s hearing will take place on Tuesday, January 10 at 6:30pm and will be heard by an independent disciplinary panel chaired by Philip Evans along with Becky Essex and Mitch Read.”
The sanction for a moderate offense is a six-week ban, but if the offense is more serious, a player can be suspended for 10 weeks.
Steve Borthwick’s England team face Scotland in the opening match of their Six Nations clash on Saturday 4 February.
Farrell faces a disciplinary panel after his shoulder collided with the head of Gloucester substitute Jack Clement in the 75th minute of the Premiership clash at Kingsholm.
A miscommunication between referee Karl Dickson and TMO Claire Hodnett meant the challenge was not considered on the field, but quoted commissioner James Hall as having deemed it worthy of a red card, thus leading to the goalkeeper. discipline custom.
Farrell’s handling technique is frequently the Achilles heel and if the reason holds, it would be the third time Farrell has been punished for the same foul.
The three-time Lions tourist was banned for five weeks for a high tackle on Wasps player Charlie Atkinson in 2020, but the penalty was reduced from 10 weeks due to off-field mitigating factors.
In 2016 he was suspended for two weeks for illegally challenging Wasps’ Dan Robson in the Champions Cup semi-final.
Given his record of dangerous tackles, in this case he will be hard pressed to get any relief that would reduce the duration of any bans.