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Argentina Second Row Gets Red Card For High Tackle On Owen Farrell

Argentina Second Row Gets Red Card For High Tackle On Owen Farrell

Argentina second row Tomas Lavanini was sent off in the 18th minute of his side's Rugby World Cup match against England on Saturday.

Lavanini was shown the red card for a high tackle on centre Owen Farrell. England were leading 5-3 at the time.

"We have clear foul play," said referee Nigel Owens.

We have clear contact with the head. There's a shoulder to the head. I am not seeing enough of a mitigation in my view - the player has not come down a considerable amount of height for the tackler to avoid a red card.

Argentina went into the game in need of a victory if they were to secure a spot in the quarter-finals.

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It is the second time a player has been sent-off during the tournament for a dangerous tackle on Farrell. Cork-born John Quill, who plays for USA, saw red during his side's opening game against England.

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