Elliot Daly became the first player rugby union player in 11 years to be sent off for England.
The Wasps back was dismissed after just four minutes as England laboured to a 27-14 win over Argentina at Twickenham on Saturday afternoon.
Daly was given his marching orders after a poorly timed tackle on Los Pumas’ number eight Leonardo Senatore.
Lewis Moody was the last player to be sent off for England after fighting with Alesana Tuilagi of Samoa 11 years ago today.
The World-Cup winner received a nine-week ban for his actions.
Bitter blow for Daly
Daly also became only the second player who has been sent off at Twickenham.
It will be a bitter blow for Daly who had managed to secure back-to-back starts for the first time. Five of his eight senior international appearances had come from the bench.
The 24-year-old was playing in the unfamiliar position of wing for England. Daly chased down Ben Young’s box-kick and his eyes were fixed firmly on the ball before tipping Senatore over his shoulder.
The Argentine landed heavily on his head and neck meaning that he was unable to continue.
Despite no malice or clear intention of Daly setting out to hurt Senatore, the referee decided to send Daly off after a discussion with the television match official.
Daly is now only the fifth English player to have a sending off to his name in an international match.
Eddie Jones reacts
England Head Coach Eddie Jones was quoted by BBC Sport as saying: “Elliot’s tackle was an error of judgement but I’ve got no issue with the decision, none at all.
“Losing Elliot was tough but we adapted well and it was a great team effort.”
England secured victory with the aid of a penalty try and score from Jonny May. Owen Farrell converted and added five penalties to give the Red Rose’s a hard earned victory.
The match ended as it started with Argentina seeing one of their players sent off. Enrique Pieretto appeared to stamp on Joe Marler’s head after the Harlequins prop held onto him.
Jones’ men have now recorded 13 consecutive victories, 12 of which have happened under the Australian’s tenure.
Next Saturday sees England take on Australia where another victory would equal their longest winning run, set back across 2002-2003.
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