The RFU have revealed what England captain Owen Farrell said during his case that resulted in him receiving a five-match ban..
The Player told the Panel he was 28 years of age, had 201 premiership games for Saracens, 83 England caps, 4 tests for the British & Irish Lions and he was also currently the England Captain at the start of the hearing.
He had kicked the ball and intended to chase Charlie Atkinson and tackle him from the side. He could see CA was a bit hesitant and thought he could get to him, he was aiming for his arm below the shoulder and simultaneously possibly dislodge the ball.
He said he lunged at the middle of CA’s arm in the hope of dislodging the ball as he tackled CA and as he did so his head went to the right hand side of CA, “I was expecting to hit him between his shoulder and arm” he told the Panel.
He did not appreciate CA’s slight change of direction given the pace he was running. CA looked across the field as if to pass and he was hoping to tackle before CA passed. He accepted that he did not control his contact with CA as he should have done. He did not set out to tackle high. He was unaware that CA dips slightly as CA checked.
On contact he knew that he had gone over the shoulder and that the contact had gone wrong. He apologised on the field. After he was dismissed, he waited at the side of the pitch for CA, apologised to him and again in the clubhouse. He was gutted that he had caused the injury to CA. He had not stopped thinking about it and was very disappointed in himself, he never ever thought he would get a red card as he had much pride and energy in setting high standards for himself.
He said what he had done set a bad example.
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