LONDON – England coach Eddie Jones has described the red card shown to All Blacks lock Scott Barrett at the weekend as “ridiculous” and warned such decisions could wreck the World Cup in Japan.
Barrett was sent off for a shoulder charge to the head of Australia captain Michael Hooper during New Zealand's 47-26 loss to the Wallabies in Perth on Saturday.
“I thought it was ridiculous mate,” Jones said after England beat Wales 33-19 in a World Cup warm-up at Twickenham on Sunday.
“A bloke gets tackled, he goes to be second man in, and his shoulder hits his head and he gets a red card. We can't have that in the game. There's got to be some common sense.”
Global governing body World Rugby have this year ordered referees to dismiss players for dangerous tackles in the head and neck area, regardless of intent, as they look to make the game safer.