Eddie Jones uncertain whether he may lose his hero of the hour Farrell

Eddie Jones uncertain whether he may lose his hero of the hour after Owen Farrell’s late hit at Twickenham

  • Eddie Jones has admitted he is unsure if Owen Farrell will be cited for late hit
  • Farrell appeared to land a no-arms tackle in England’s win over South Africa
  • Jones said: ‘I’ve got no idea. You can get cited now for something you did at 15’
  • The talisman No 10 will find out if he has been charged over the next 24 hours
  • George Ford will replace Farrell if he cops a ban for next week’s All Blacks clash

Eddie Jones admits he has ‘no idea’ if Owen Farrell will be cited ahead of next week’s All Blacks showdown following his late hit at Twickenham.

The talisman No 10 appeared to land a no-arms tackle on Andre Esterhuizen in the final minute of Saturday’s victory over South Africa.

Referee Angus Gardner controversially decided not to award a penalty which would have given the Boks a kick to snatch a dramatic victory.

Eddie Jones is unsure if Owen Farrell will be cited following his late hit in win over South Africa

Eddie Jones is unsure if Owen Farrell will be cited following his late hit in win over South Africa

The citing officer Keith Brown, from New Zealand, has 24 hours in which to bring a charge against him and trigger a hearing next week.

George Ford is next in line to wear the No 10 jersey if Farrell cops a ban and Jones faces an anxious wait.

‘You can get cited now for something you did at a party when you were 15,’ said Jones.

‘I’ve got no idea what can happen. The good thing is they didn’t have iPhones when I was 15. We had Nokia phones… the little ones that didn’t have a camera.’

Farrell appeared to land a no-arms tackle on Andre Esterhuizen in the last minute on Saturday

Farrell appeared to land a no-arms tackle on Andre Esterhuizen in the last minute on Saturday

Springboks coach Rassie Erasmus questioned the legality of the hit with a sarcastic remark

Springboks coach Rassie Erasmus questioned the legality of the hit with a sarcastic remark

Springboks coach Rassie Erasmus questioned the legality of Farrell’s hit, delivering a sarcastic response to the incident.

‘We’ll just have to adapt our tackling like that,’ said Erasmus. ‘If that’s the only way you can stop people and tackle like that, and it’s in the rules, then we should tackle like that.

‘It was a good tackle, well done, because I haven’t seen Andre Esterhuizen being tackled like that in a while. It’s obviously something that’s really effective. We should look on it and execute it like that.’

Jones bristled when asked if the win was his most significant.

‘The most important thing is what we do next,’ said the Australian. ‘I don’t understand this. We’re a bloody good team. We played tough and we won.’

George Ford will replace Farrell if he cops a ban for next week's All Blacks showdown

George Ford will replace Farrell if he cops a ban for next week’s All Blacks showdown

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