- England flanker Tom Curry was sent off for a high tackle on Juan Cruz Mallia.
- The suspension was reduced by six weeks due to his good character
- Boss Steve Borthwick will now be without his star against Japan and Chile.
England flanker Tom Curry has been suspended for two matches after being sent off during the World Cup opener against Argentina.
Curry will miss the Pool D matches against Japan and Chile following his expulsion for a head-on collision with full-back Juan Cruz Mallía.
The infraction carries a six-week suspension, but that was reduced to three due to Curry’s good character, before he was given another week for attending tackle school.
He is expected to complete his training with England defense coach Kevin Sinfield.
It is a major blow to the plans of Steve Borthwick, who was without his striker for the entire summer warm-up series due to injury.
England flanker Tom Curry has been handed a two-match ban for his frontal tackle.
Curry, pictured in the bin on Saturday night, was initially shown a yellow card in the third minute before authorities reviewed the incident and upgraded the decision to a red card.
The 25-year-old star (left, colliding with Juan Cruz Mallia) will not play against Japan or Chile
Curry is the third England player to be suspended in recent weeks, following the expulsions of captain Owen Farrell and number 8 Billy Vunipola.
Commenting on the No.8’s potential return against Japan on Sunday, assistant coach Richard Wigglesworth said: “Billy has a great physical presence and it’s great to have him back on the training pitch.”
“But he’s also very intelligent, he puts himself in good positions, he has very good hands.
“He poses more of a threat than just being a big ball carrier. He’s really smart and knows when to move it and change the point of contact for other players as well. It’s great for us to have him available.
Assistant coach Richard Wigglesworth (not pictured) admitted it was great to have Billy Vunipola (above) back on the training ground after attending the World Cup with a suspension.
Flyhalf George Ford kicked superbly and inspired England to a 27-10 victory over Argentina.
England, who were in poor form before the tournament, showed resilience after Curry’s red card and secured a confident 27-10 victory over the South American team, even with a light man.
Flyhalf George Ford gave a master class in kicking as he scored all 27 of England’s points over the posts, nine of which came from well-taken goals.
The win moved England into second place behind Japan, who earned a bonus point in their 42-12 win over Chile.