England's Piers Francis cited for dangerous tackle

Piers Francis will attend the hearing in Tokyo
Piers Francis will attend the hearing in Tokyo
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England international Piers Francis has been cited for a dangerous tackle following an incident in the recently concluded World Cup game against the United States of America at Kobe Misaki Stadium.

The 29-year-old becomes the fourth player in the tournament to be cited and has been alleged for a breach of Law 9.13.

A statement released by World Rugby confirmed that Francis will appear before a three-person independent disciplinary panel comprising of Nigel Hampton QC (New Zealand), joined by former international coach Frank Hadden (Scotland) and former international player John Langford (Australia).

The hearing will take place in Tokyo with the date to be decided.

Francis played 49 minutes during England's 45-7 win over USA before he was replaced by Owen Farrell.

England are currently at the top of Pool C with wins over Tonga and USA and will face Argentina next on 5th October at Tokyo Stadium in Chofu.

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