England’s card woes continue as Tom Curry sees red against Argentina

Jared Wright
England's Tom Curry is shown a yellow card during the 2023 Rugby World Cup Pool D match at the Stade de Marseille, France. Picture date: Saturday September 9, 2023.

England's Tom Curry is sent off during the 2023 Rugby World Cup Pool D match against Argentina.

Flanker Tom Curry is the latest England player to be red-carded after his dangerous tackle in their Rugby World Cup opener.

Curry was making his first appearance since the Premiership Final between Sale Sharks and Saracens in May.

Just two minutes into his return, the flanker collided with Argentina full-back Juan Cruz Mallia after an up and under.

Tom Curry red carded against Argentina

Referee Matthieu Raynal was notified about the incident by TMO Marius Jonker.

The French official judged that Curry’s tackle met the yellow card threshold, and he duly issued the sin-binning with the Foul Play Review Bunker.

The bunker decided that the challenge deserved a red card, ending Curry’s night early as he became the first England player to be sent off in a World Cup match.

He is now in doubt for the upcoming World Cup pool stage matches against Japan, Chile and Samoa.

Curry is the fourth England player to be red-carded this year and the third in four Tests.

Full-back Freddie Steward was sent off during England’s Six Nations clash with Ireland in March earlier this year.

Ahead of the World Cup, Steve Borthwick saw two of his veteran players given their marching orders.

Captain Owen Farrell was sent off against Wales for a dangerous tackle on Taine Basham.

His tackle saw him miss the final two warm-up games against Ireland and Fiji, as well as the World Cup clash against Argentina and the next match against Japan.

Billy Vunipola was sent off for a dangerous tackle on Andrew Porter in the penultimate warm-up game.

The number eight was also suspended for the final warm-up game against Fiji and the tournament opener against Argentina but is available for selection for the second match.

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