England wait to hear if Owen Farrell will be investigated over tunnel scuffle
The England back and Scotland’s Ryan Wilson allegedly clashed before the game.
England will discover by Monday evening whether the tunnel fracas at Murrayfield involving Owen Farrell is to be investigated by Six Nations organisers.
Television footage of the incident that took place shortly before kick-off of Scotland’s 25-13 victory on Saturday appears to show a scuffle between Farrell and Ryan Wilson that ended when they were pulled apart by team-mates.
It falls to the matchday citing officer to examine within the next 48 hours what happened as the players left the pitch upon completion of their warm-ups and to decide whether to launch an official inquiry.
When the clash was highlighted by broadcasters during the interval, Martin Johnson quipped in his role as pundit that it was “England’s highlight so far I think”, summarising a dismal first half in Edinburgh.
Eddie Jones repeatedly denied knowledge of what had taken place, as did every player from both teams when asked for their account. Scotland captain John Barclay said he was in the toilet at the time.
“I’ve been coaching a game. I’ve been pretty busy. Are you aware of it? You can show it to me after the press conference, then we can have a chat about it,” Jones said at the post-match press conference.
“In all seriousness, I don’t know about it. If there was, we shouldn’t let that detract from a great Scotland victory. Don’t get distracted by other things. Have you got an Iphone 10? The vision’s better on an Iphone 10.”
When asked about the scuffle and whether it was evidence that England had lost their heads, Jones replied: “Look I don’t know, I don’t think so. These things happen.”
England trailed 22-6 at half-time as Finn Russell orchestrated a blistering series of tries that saw Huw Jones cross twice before Sean Maitland finished a dazzling third that swept from touchline to touchline before concluding in the left corner.
Jones pointed out that his champions had won the second-half 7-3, mainly thanks to Farrell’s well-taken try, but Scotland were already out of sight having dominated the breakdown.
“There is a lot of disappointment around. We thought we were ready and had plenty of time to prepare for what is always a very emotion-packed and passionate game for both sides,” lock Joe Launchbury said.
“We started poorly and gave ourselves a mountain to climb. We can be proud of ourselves to come out for the second half and show some fight but it wasn’t enough.
“We got behind and it was hard to reverse the momentum. Things seem to start going against you when you try so hard to catch up.
“We came into the tournament aiming to win as many games as we can. We lost but this is a journey and we have a lot of growth left in us.
“We just need to use this as a harsh lesson for what can happen if you don’t play at your very best.
”It’s a huge loss but we have to look at what went wrong and put things right. It’s about how you react to these losses and learn from them.
“We have a massive two weeks now leading up to the game in France and we need to get that preparation right.”