Eddie Jones backs Owen Farrell to avoid citing

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World Rugby confirmed there were no citings from England's 12-11 victory over the Springboks at Twickenham, with Farrell's challenge on Andre Esterhuizen not meeting the red-card threshold.

Farrell avoiding a citing means England's star playmaker is free to face the All Blacks at Twickenham on Saturday (Sunday NZ time) but his hit on Esterhuizen was the major talking point of an otherwise uneventful test.

The individual added to Gardner's entry by stating he was named Man-of-the-Match for "turning a blind eye to Owen Farrell's last-minute shoulder charge on Andre Esterhuizen".

South Africa's management were furious at Gardner's failure to act, their coach Rassie Erasmus praising the tackle in an answer laced with sarcasm, but Farrell himself insists there is no case to answer.

Asked what his reaction was to that call, Beale said there simply needed to be more consistency in that space.

"I don't understand this guys".

Referee Angus Gardener was happy that Farrell had attempted to wrap his arms before the collision and Jones laughed off suggestions that his fly-half could be cited.

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'It's like everything - when you're selecting a national team, there's a whole lot of good players that don't quite make it.

"You're going to do it at some stage, you know that".

"Why has it got to be the most important game?"

Jones hinted at frustration with the penalties conceded, though, and Maro Itoje was sin-binned early on.

England have not played reigning world champions New Zealand since 2014 and next week's showdown has been eagerly anticipated ahead of next year's World Cup in Japan.

New Zealand then started this year with a 3-0 series sweep of France, scoring eight in the first Test in Auckland and seven in the last in Dunedin, and, despite a wobbly showing in Wellington in between, they still managed to cross on four occasions in that one.

"They play the game differently". It was a good Test match game of rugby today.

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