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Owen Farrell could MISS the start of the Six Nations if found guilty of a dangerous tackle

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Owen Farrell could MISS the start of the Six Nations if found guilty of a dangerous tackle

Owen Farrell could miss the start of the Six Nations if found guilty of a dangerous tackle on Jack Clement… with the England captain set to find out on Monday whether he will face Scotland in next month’s tournament opener

  • Owen Farrell could miss the start of the Six Nations if guilty of a dangerous tackle
  • Farrell’s shoulder collided with Jack Clement’s chin during Gloucester’s play
  • The England captain will learn his punishment for the tackle on Monday
  • If Farrell is found guilty, he will miss England’s opening game against Scotland

Owen Farrell could be banned for the start of England’s Six Nations campaign if he is found guilty of a dangerous tackle.

The Saracens No 10 is awaiting the citing commissioner’s report after his shoulder collided with the chin of Gloucester’s Jack Clement on Friday night.

Referee Karl Dickson took no action in the game as the TMO was deemed to have intervened too long after the incident.

Owen Farrell could miss England's opening Six Nations game against Scotland

Owen Farrell could miss England’s opening Six Nations game against Scotland

However, Farrell could face retrospective action, with the RFU expected to deliver their official disciplinary update tomorrow.

Having been banned for five weeks for a dangerous tackle in 2020, Farrell’s disciplinary record will count against him if he is charged.

England’s Six Nations opener against Scotland is just four weeks away, meaning Farrell will be free to play if the incident is deemed worthy of a minimum two-week ban. Farrell has been the in-form No 10 in the Premiership this season, although Marcus Smith and George Ford are both set to return from injury this month.

Steve Borthwick will name his first England squad for the Six Nations on January 16, and he is allowed to make just five changes to the existing 45-man EPS squad. The England head coach, who was in Gloucester on Friday to watch Farrell kick the winning drop goal, yesterday received a glowing endorsement from his predecessor, Eddie Jones.

Jones told The Guardian: ‘Steve Borthwick is there until 2020. Then he wants his own career. One of my jobs was to get England to win again, which I did, and also to make the next head coach. So I look back with satisfaction because Steve will do a bloody good job. He is outstanding.’

Since being sacked last month, Jones has held talks with Australia about a coaching role in time for this year’s World Cup. He revealed: ‘I’ve got some great options. I’m going into the contract negotiation phase so I’ll make a decision in the next two weeks.’

New England coach Steve Borthwick is hopeful that his captain will be able to play in the opener

New England coach Steve Borthwick is hopeful that his captain will be able to play in the opener