Monday , 23 April 2018

Wood let-off gives England much-needed boost

LONDON: England flanker Tom Wood will be free to play in Saturday's crucial World Cup Pool A clash with Australia after he received just a warning from for an incident during the 28-25 defeat to Wales.There had been fears the 28-year-old could be cited after his shin connected with Welsh fullback Liam Williams' head 14 minutes from time as the back-row forward attempted to hack a loose ball towards Wales' line.Williams was taken from the pitch on a medical cart.However, the Citing Commissioner Maurizio Vancini decided to issue a warning, a lower sanction. "Under the Rugby World Cup 2015 Disciplinary Programme, a Citing Commissioner Warning equates to a yellow card in sanction," read a statement from the organisers."A combination of three yellow cards or Citing Commissioner Warnings accumulated during the tournament will result in a hearing. Wood is therefore free to play in England's next Pool A match against Australia."Wood made an apology to Williams on Twitter on Sunday."@SanjayWills really relieved to hear ur back on ur feet ok mate. Horrible to see u stretchered off because of me. Hope u hav a speedy recovery," he said.Williams, though, could pay a heavier price for the clash as he can only…