"Had to go" - England number 8 sent off for crocodile roll against Italy - Ruck

“Had to go” – England number 8 sent off for crocodile roll against Italy

England number 8 Sarah Beckett looked baffled as her yellow card was upgraded to a red just 11 minutes into their Six Nations opener against Italy.

Both captains were then called in and referee Aurelie Groizeleau who explained that Beckett’s clear-out on Italy centre Michela Sillari – who went off injured – was a high degree of danger with low mitigation.

The bunker review meant her yellow card was upgraded to red with the player looking visibly baffled.

Progessive Rugby, a player welfare group comprising expert medics, elite players, academics and coaches, commented: “Clearly sad for Sarah Beckett but agree with hard line on this. Croc roll has to disappear into the history books like the spear tackle.”


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Given Holly’s familial background with her father Ian being a former England U20 and Saxons player as well as Waterloo’s director of rugby, it made perfect sense for her to pursue rugby.

Aitchison herself boasts an impressive resume, having represented England in various capacities, including age-grade levels, the HSBC World Sevens Series, and even at the Olympic Games for Team GB.

Joining Saracens in 2020 marked the beginning of her remarkable journey, highlighted by scoring a try during her England 15s debut in 2021. This momentum carried her to the starting lineup for the 2021 Rugby World Cup final and secured her a spot in Simon Middleton’s Six Nations squad in 2023.

Demonstrating her prowess, she played a pivotal role in the Red Roses’ victorious campaign at the inaugural WXV1 tournament in New Zealand. Now, Holly’s achievements continue to flourish as she recently earned a place in John Mitchell’s squad for the 2024 Guinness Women’s Six Nations.

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