"Brutal" - Referee missed 'three punches' to Billy Vunipola's face against Samoa - Ruck

“Brutal” – Referee missed ‘three punches’ to Billy Vunipola’s face against Samoa

This week, England’s number 8, Billy Vunipola, discussed the rivalry among islander teams and found himself on the receiving end of three punches while temporarily replacing Ben Earl.

Steve Borthwick’s squad managed to secure their fourth consecutive victory at the Rugby World Cup 2023, but they had to put in a tremendous effort to narrowly beat Samoa 18-17 in Lille last Saturday.

Around the 53rd minute, despite Vunipola’s objections to referee Andrew Brace, the official chose not to refer the incident to the TMO for review.

However, judging by the damage sustained to the eye of the Saracens powerhouse and a video clip circulating on Twitter, it is evident that a more thorough examination should have taken place.

It will be intriguing to see whether the citing officer decides to take any action regarding this incident.

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“A howler” – Four England players Steve Borthwick must drop, and who should replace them for quarter-final

#1. Jonny May

Telegraph 4/10: “May brought energy as ever but there was also the customary chaos. Out of position for Samoa’s second try, leaving Steward to scramble in vain.”

Rugby Pass 4/10: “It was his break that scattered the Samoan defence on 18 minutes in the lead-up to the infringement that gave Farrell his points record, but that was about it for him on the ball and he will instead be remembered for ineffectively clinging onto a leg of the tr-scoring Ah-Wong minutes later. England need a hurry up in this position, with May not looking the part.”

RUCK 4/10: “We’re uncertain why he continues to be selected over the lightning-fast Henry Arundell, Seemed to spend the whole afternoon running sideways”

Replacement: Henry Arundell


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