Prop Joe Marler could add to England’s suspension woes if he is cited for his tackle on Fiji forward Albert Tuisue at Twickenham.
The 33-year-old was not punished for the tackle during the game but could be cited, putting his World Cup participation in doubt.
Joe Marler’s tackle against Fiji
Marler came off the bench in Fiji’s historic first-ever victory over the Red Rose and made the tackle shortly after doing so.
The incident occurred from a Fiji lineout where Tuisue fielded the overthrown lineout and charged into space.
He was met in a low tackle by Jack Willis, with Marler coming in to support.
The prop, however, was upright and made a high tackle on Tuisue, who was forced off the pitch to undergo an HIA.
— Jared Wright (@jaredwright17) August 26, 2023
While Tuisue was forced off the pitch, the tackle was not checked by the officials, with referee Jaco Peyper judging that Marler made the tackle on the ball.
The decision not to check the tackle baffled fans on X, formerly Twitter.
One fan posted: “Don’t understand how that Joe Marler tackle wasn’t checked!!”
Another asked: “What were the refereeing team looking at?!”
Meanwhile, @Huwipulotu believed that it was a blatant red card.
BLATANT RED AND HEAD CONTACT BUT TMO COULDNT SEE IT APPARENTLY https://t.co/dNohfP3wqT
— Cameron Fisher 🏉 (@Huwipulotu) August 26, 2023
His tackle comes after two red cards in previous warm-up matches, leading one onlooker to question England’s tactics.
They posted: “Just awful technique. Why are they all trying to stop players dead in their tracks by going high?”
A suspension for Marler would be another blow to England’s Rugby World Cup, with Billy Vuipola set to miss the opening game against Argentina after his red card against Ireland.
Meanwhile, Owen Farrell will miss the clash against Los Pumas and their second game against Japan after his sending-off for his dangerous tackle on Taine Basham.
Earlier in the week, England also lost Anthony Watson to injury, with the outside back ruled out of the tournament.