Rugby World Cup: Dressing room ban for Farrell and Rowntree

England coaches react against Australia
Farrell (left) and Rowntree (right) are part of head coach Stuart Lancaster's (centre) coaching set-up

England coaches Andy Farrell and Graham Rowntree have been banned from the dressing room for the match against Uruguay after breaking World Cup rules.

They were found guilty of speaking to match officials at half-time during the defeat by Australia on 3 October.

Both are banned from the England dressing room before and during Saturday's match in Manchester.

Referee Romain Poite awarded nine penalties against England, including five at the scrum in Australia's win.

The defeat meant England were knocked out of the World Cup at the pool stage.

World Rugby reviewed CCTV footage from the Twickenham tunnel to reach their verdict and concluded that Farrell and Rowntree's interaction with assistant referees George Clancy and Marius Mitrea "could not be described as an insignificant incident".

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World Rugby forbids unauthorised contact between players and coaches and match officials on the day of matches.

Rowntree spoke with World Rugby's head of refereeing Joel Jutgeexternal-link before the match against Australia to clarify how the scrum rules would be applied after some commentators - including former referee Jonathan Kaplan -external-link questioned loose-head prop Joe Marler's technique.

However, despite Rowntree's precautions, Marler conceded three penalties before being replaced nine minutes into the second half.

England are the first host nation to fail to progress to the knock-out stages of the World Cup with Australia and Wales, who beat Stuart Lancaster's side 28-25 a fortnight ago, advancing at their expense in Pool A.

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