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Saturday Aug 19, 2023

England receive second red card in two weeks as Billy Vunipola sent off

England are currently trailing Ireland 17 – 3 in Dublin with twenty minutes to play in the match.

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Showing very little in terms of attacking prowess England have rarely challenged Ireland who on the flipside have struck when given half a chance.

Making England’s job that bit tougher is a red card handed to number eight Billy Vunipola who put in a high tackle on Ireland prop Andrew Porter.

In a similar mould to Owen Farrell’s tackle last week, Vunipola was initially shown a yellow card which was promptly upgraded to a red by the bunker referee.

For head coach Steve Borthwick, any potential suspension of Vunipola would be a significant blow given he is the only specialist number eight in the squad.

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