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Farrell faces punishment for pushing Scotland players in tunnel.

New footage shows what happened in tunnel before Scotland vs England

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Before losing to Scotland for the first time in 10 years, a result that will weigh heavily over the England team, tensions and temperaments ran high as Owen Farrell was seen being involved in a scuffle with Scotland players.

As new footage now suggests, Farrell seems to instigate the interaction between himself and Scotland players with a little push to one of his opponents.

After picking up on the incident that was then discussed in the studio at half-time, Six Nations Rugby are now investigating the scuffle after BBC cameras captured the incident in the tunnel before the match.

"Six Nations Rugby will be writing to the unions to request clarification on what happened in the tunnel," said a statement on Sunday.

The explanations from the Rugby Fooball Union (RFU) and Scottish Rugby Union (SRU) will determine the next steps.

As seen by the tunnel cameras, Farrell was charging down the tunnel, slightly shoving people aside as he tried to weave through some Scotland players, before ultimately running into one player which caused a minor skirmish before kick-off, in a game that ended 25-13 in favour of Scotland.

Slightly after running into the Scotland player, Farrell and the player go out of sight from the camera, which makes the scuffle very controversial.

England coach Eddie Jones commented after the match claiming he was not aware of the situation, while Scotland skipper John Barclay played down the incident, saying that he had only heard about it.

"I heard about it, but I am always the first off the pitch after the warm-up and I was in the toilets.

"It is one of those things that gets built up into something more than it was. It is a big game and a big rivalry. It was niggly and physical with a lot on the line."

With an impending punishment on the line for the 26-year-old Farrell, it could add more misery to the national squad that is already recovering from losing to a Scotland side that they have beaten for the past 10 years.

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