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Farrell escapes citing

Owen Farrell has escaped a citing for his high tackle on England colleague Anthony Watson during Saturday's Aviva Premiership final.

Farrell, the Saracens fly-half, flattened Bath full-back Watson in the second minute of his team's 28-16 victory at Twickenham but referee Wayne Barnes opted against issuing a card.

Bath head coach Mike Ford insisted Farrell should have been sent off and the 23-year-old man of the match revealed that he apologised to Watson for the challenge, although he stressed there was no intent.

While citing officer Mike Rafter deemed the offence unworthy of a citing, a statement released by the Rugby Football Union revealed that the England fly-half had received a warning.

"Farrell (Saracens) has received a citing commissioner warning (level 1 citing) for a dangerous tackle, contrary to law 10.4(e)," the statement read.

The decision means Farrell is free to play in all three of England's World Cup warm-up games, starting against France at Twickenham on August 15.

England have already lost hooker Dylan Hartley and centre Manu Tuilagi for the tournament on home soil for disciplinary reasons.

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