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Eddie Jones: England head coach urges rule change for foul play


Elliot Daly being sent off against Argentina

Elliot Daly (second left) won five caps as a replacement during England’s 2016 Six Nations Grand Slam triumph but was first choice this autumn

England head coach Eddie Jones has called for a change in the way foul play is refereed in rugby union.

Wing Elliot Daly was sent off in the 27-14 win against Argentina on Saturday for a tackle on number eight Leonardo Senatore who landed on his neck.

Argentine wing Juan-Pablo Estelles escaped sanction for a similar offence on Jonny May because the England and Gloucester man landed on his side.

“I argue against [it being judged on] the outcome,” Jones said.

He added on BBC Radio 5 live: “I think it should be based on the action.”

Daly became just the fifth England player in history to be sent off in a Test match.

Jones continued: “Elliot was reckless, there is no doubt about that, and deserved a red card. But Jonny May gets knocked over and he gets straight back on his feet, and it’s a penalty.

“That’s something to look at in the future. All we want is consistency.”

England won their 13th match in a row by beating Argentina on Saturday despite the red card after less than five minutes at Twickenham.

A penalty try and three Owen Farrell penalties opened up a 16-0 lead. Tries from Facundo Isa and Santiago Cordero cut the gap to two points but a Jonny May score pulled England clear.

‘I knew what Daly was going through’

Meanwhile, England captain Dylan Hartley says he could empathise with Daly after his red card.

Hartley told BBC Radio 5 live: “I’ve been in a similar situation. You can’t dwell on it, it’s done. You have got to move on, adapt, and look at how you can regain a foothold in the game.”

Hartley feels going a man down for almost the whole match provided the side with the perfect challenge.

The hooker added: “My overall gut feeling is that it was a really hearty performance, I’m really proud of the guys, the way they dug in.

“[The red card] galvanised us, and we were able to put some good points on the board against a good team.”

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Article source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/rugby-union/38123310