Sunday 22 September 2019

Watch: Owen Farrell and Ryan Wilson escape punishment for tunnel scuffle as Six Nations Rugby confirms 'no action will be taken'

Owen Farrell making his way down the tunnel during the RBS 6 Nations match on Saturday
Owen Farrell making his way down the tunnel during the RBS 6 Nations match on Saturday
Independent.ie Newsdesk

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No disciplinary action will be taken following the alleged tunnel fracas between Scotland and England players before Saturday's NatWest 6 Nations match at Murrayfield.

Six Nations Rugby wrote to both teams seeking clarification over what happened as the players left the pitch upon completion of their warm-ups and, having concluded its investigation, announced on Wednesday that "no clear evidence of violent conduct or similar against any individual player" had been found.

Footage emerged earlier this week showing England centre Owen Farrell running between players from both teams before shoving Scotland's Ryan Wilson to one side as he made his way to the changing room. The Scotland number eight turned, and other players looked to join the scuffle before the footage ended.

A statement from Six Nations Rugby read: "Six Nations Rugby gathered material from the RFU (Rugby Football Union) and SRU (Scottish Rugby Union), as well as from the BBC and the match officials. It also considered footage of the incident.

"It concluded that there was some evidence of pushing and shoving in the tunnel at the relevant time but no clear evidence of violent conduct or similar against any individual player.

"Accordingly, Six Nations Rugby will be writing to the SRU and the RFU to remind them and their respective players of their obligations to uphold the reputation of the tournament at all times, but no further disciplinary action will be taken. Six Nations Rugby will also remind all unions of their and their players' obligations."

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