Mike Brown escapes citing charge following England clash with Ireland

  • Mike Brown avoids disciplinary action over incident with Conor Murray during England’s win over Ireland
  • Eddie Jones men went on to win the clash 21-10 at Twickenham
  • Joe Schmidt has called for World Rugby to review the laws for players safety
England full-back Mike Brown has escaped a citing for the incident that left Conor Murray requiring stitches to a wound in his head in Saturday’s 21-10 RBS 6 Nations victory over Ireland.

Brown kicked Murray after repeatedly swinging his boot in an attempt to dislodge the ball from the hands of the prone Munster scrum-half, whose match was ended with nine minutes remaining in order that he could receive treatment.

A statement issued by Six Nations organisers outlining the disciplinary cases arising from the weekend revealed that Brown had avoided any action being taken for an act that was reviewed at the time on the big screen by referee Romain Poite.

Joe Schmid  has called for World Rugby to review the laws surrounding kicking the ball out of the ruck amid growing fears for player safety.

The Ireland head coach said he did not think Brown had intended to injure Murray but said he was concerned about what appeared to be a trend of players trying to disrupt opposition ball by attempting to kick at it when rucks had formed after the ball carrier had been tackled.


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