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Rugby chiefs look at Owen tunnel scuffle

By Duncan Bech

England must explain the tunnel fracas involving Owen Farrell at Murrayfield on Saturday following a request for clarification by Six Nations Rugby.

The Rugby Football Union and its Scottish counterparts have been asked to provide their accounts of the scuffle that took place shortly before Eddie Jones' men were defeated 25-13 in a pulsating Calcutta Cup match.

Television footage appears to show a clash between Farrell, England's inside centre, and Scotland number eight Ryan Wilson that ended when they were pulled apart by team-mates.

The incident unfolded as players left the pitch upon completion of their warm-ups.

Once the unions have responded, tournament organisers will decide whether to launch an investigation or initiate disciplinary proceedings.

When the fracas was picked up 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.

Jones repeatedly denied knowledge of what had taken place, as did every player from both teams when asked for their version of events.

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