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England’s misery over their calamitous World Cup exit may be compounded by a possible fine for their failure to meet World Rugby regulations for post-match media requirements.
Stuart Lancaster’s men were knocked out following a 33-13 rout by Australia at Twickenham, becoming the first host nation to crash out of the tournament at the group stage.
Every team is obliged to send 10 players into the mixed zone to speak with media after the match has finished, but England only provided two – Tom Wood and Richard Wigglesworth – despite requests for more players to appear.
The World Rugby representative on duty in the mixed zone confirmed that the matter would feature in his report. It is understood that a fine is the sanction available to World Rugby if they decide a punishment is necessary. – [Daily Mail]