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Darcy Swain red card: Coaches react after lock is sent off for headbutt

Sat, 02/07/2022, 1:32 pm
Nathan Williamson
by Nathan Williamson
The Wallabies hosted England in their first international of 2022.

Wallabies coach Dave Rennie has revealed they will look to contest Darcy Swain's red card after he was sent off for an alleged headbutt.

Swain became the latest Wallaby to draw the ire of the referee after a scuffle with fellow second-rower Jonny Hill.

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In similar scenes to last year's France series, the incident inspired the hosts to a heroic 30-28 victory in front of a packed Perth crowd.

Swain has emerged as a key lineout caller for the Wallabies, particularly with Izack Rodda out injured, with Rennie eager to have the Brumby available for the rest of the series.

“I’m not sure if it was a team play but there was provocation there,” Rennie said after the match. “It was not so much the situation but earlier in the game.

“We’ll have a look at the footage and work out how we are going to appeal that.

“If it’s a headbutt it’s a clear red card but I don’t think his intent was to headbutt him.

“We’ll look at the footage and get clarity about whether there is an opportunity to challenge."

The incident drew mass discussion within the Rugby community, with many suggesting he was constantly provoked by Hill and the English side.

Wallabies captain Michael Hooper seemed to suggest this, pointing to his yellow carding.

“He got a yellow card so I’d say that’s the punishment there,” Hooper said.

“We’ll take a better look at how it all played out and act accordingly.”

Jones rejected these claims, believing it was part of the game.

"Not to my knowledge. I think it was just one of those things where two bulls go at each other and they get carried away," he said when asked if it was a planned tactic.

"I think it was a good nature game for an Australia-England contest, played in good spirit. There wasn't much of that and I'm sure the crowd enjoy the contest."

Jones said Australia deserved the victory after spending a considerable period down a man, however, hinted it inadvertently changed the referee's perception of the game.

“When you look at the history of the game, whenever you get a red card, the referee looks to even it up,” Jones believes.

“It’s social reciprocality and we have to be better at dealing with that. It happens in every game I’ve seen, a team gets a red card and he tries to even it up because they’re nice blokes. I’m not using that as an excuse but that’s the reality of Rugby.”

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