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Why is Owen Farrell not playing in the Rugby World Cup? England captain watching tournament opener from sidelines


England will be missing their captain Owen Farrell for the start of the Rugby World Cup.

The Saracens fly-half has been included in Steve Borthwick’s side for the tournament in France but will be absent for a period.

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Farrell will have to watch from the sidelines as England take on ArgentinaCredit: Getty

England are heading into the World Cup in poor form, having lost three of their four warm-up games and finished fourth in the Six Nations.

And things will be even tougher for England, who will be without skipper Farrell for the first two of their Pool D matches.

Why is Owen Farrell not playing in the Rugby World Cup?

The 31-year-old is currently serving a four-game ban by World Rugby for a dangerous hit on Wales’ Taine Basham last month.

Farrell is serving his fourth suspension for high tackles.

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He initially had his red card downgraded to a yellow before World Rugby had it reinstated upon appeal.

Farrell has already missed warm-ups against Ireland and Fiji while he will sit out the first two of England’s pool matches against Argentina and Japan.

Farrell was shown a yellow card against Wales on 12 August

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Farrell was shown a yellow card against Wales on 12 AugustCredit: Getty

“You don’t want to go back too far, and I don’t want to be sat here talking about this now. I want to be talking about the weekend,” said Farrell about the incident.

“I made a mistake and got banned for it in the end. I’m not going to sit here and moan about it now.”

Farrell will return on Saturday, September 23 against Chile.

England vs Argentina: Date and how to follow

This Pool D Rugby World Cup clash will take place on Saturday, September 9.

It’s due to get underway at 8pm UK time at the Stade de Marseille, in Marseille.

The match will be broadcast free-to-air on ITV1 or ITVX.

Their coverage will start at 7:15pm.

England World Cup squad

Forwards: Ollie Chessum (Leicester Tigers), Dan Cole (Leicester Tigers), Tom Curry (Sale Sharks), Theo Dan (Saracens), Ben Earl (Saracens), Ellis Genge (Bristol Bears), Jamie George (Saracens), Maro Itoje (Saracens), Courtney Lawes (Northampton Saints), Lewis Ludlam (Northampton Saints), Joe Marler (Harlequins), George Martin (Leicester Tigers), David Ribbans (Toulon), Bevan Rodd (Sale Sharks) Kyle Sinckler (Bristol Bears), Will Stuart (Bath Rugby), Billy Vunipola (Saracens), Jack Walker (Harlequins), Jack Willis (Toulouse).

Backs: Henry Arundell (Racing 92), Danny Care (Harlequins), Elliot Daly (Saracens), Owen Farrell (Saracens), George Ford (Sale Sharks), Ollie Lawrence (Bath Rugby), Max Malins (Bristol Bears), Joe Marchant (Stade Francais), Jonny May (Gloucester Rugby), Alex Mitchell (Northampton Saints), Marcus Smith (Harlequins), Freddie Steward (Leicester Tigers), Manu Tuilagi (Sale Sharks), Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers).

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