Tom Curry ruled out of autumn series with 'serious' ankle injury

Tom Curry ruled out of autumn series with 'serious' ankle injury

Tom Curry ruled out of autumn series with 'serious' ankle injury

But Gardner, despite World Rugby's current crackdown on risky play, eventually decided against penalising Farrell's challenge, even though it appeared the England co-captain was leading with his shoulder.

A much-needed win for the under-pressure Jones over the Springboks on Saturday ended in controversy, when Owen Farrell's injury-time tackle on André Esterhuizen was referred to the television match official by referee Angus Gardner.

Had Farrell been cited by commissioner Keith Brown, Farrell's availability for England's clash with New Zealand next weekend would have come under threat.

World Rugby confirmed there were no citings from England's 12-11 victory over the Springboks at Twickenham, with Farrell's challenge on Andre Esterhuizen not meeting the red-card threshold.

"Why is it always the most important game?"

Farrell had kicked an England side missing several senior players into a one-point lead with his third successful penalty seven minutes from time at Twickenham.

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Asked if such moves are generally respected within the sport, Foster said: 'I don't know; I think everyone's going to have mixed opinions on that.

"What we've got to do is make sure we play like England, do everything we can to maximise our game, look at areas where New Zealand are weak and see if we can find a way to expose those weaknesses", he told BBC Sport.

"Tom injured his ankle and we don't know how long he'll be".

England are looking for their first victory against the All Blacks since December 2012.

Jones quipped after the game that the All Blacks probably watched the game at their Teddington hotel "drinking cups of tea, maybe having some scones, saying "oh, we'll take these guys". We didn't give", Jones said.

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