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England face inquiry into 16th man


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SYDNEY, Australia -- Rugby World Cup tournament director Fraser Neill is awaiting a report after England briefly fielded a 16th player during Sunday's win against Samoa.

A tournament spokesman said Neill was expecting details from the match commissioner and the fourth official before deciding on the matter.

England had an extra man on the field for about 34 seconds late in the second half of their 35-22 win.

Replacement winger Dan Luger went on the field while center Mike Tindall was being treated for an injury.

Luger made one tackle before being sent back to the bench by South African referee Jonathan Kaplan when he was made aware of the discrepancy.

RWC press officer Chris Rea said he was not sure when Neill would receive the reports and would not speculate on the time needed to deal with the matter.

Rea said he understood there was provision within the laws of the game for an on-field penalty to be awarded against the side fielding the additional player.

"The tournament director is waiting for reports on the incident from the match commissioner and the fourth official," said Rea on Monday.

"Once we have those reports we will have a look at them and assess them and their content and decide what, if any action, is to be taken."


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