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Rugby: England’s Francis cited for dangerous tackle

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England center Piers Francis has been cited for a dangerous tackle on Will Hooley in his side’s 45-7 victory over the United States in a Rugby World Cup match on Thursday.

Francis was not sanctioned during the Pool C match in Kobe and was cited by World Rugby after the game that also had U.S. flanker John Quill sent off for a shoulder charge on England’s Owen Farrell.

Francis is the fifth player to face the judiciary this week for dangerous tackles after World Rugby criticized the referees for inconsistency around their judgments in earlier games.