England head coach Eddie Jones insists the possibility of one of the autumn Tests being decided by a controversial red card is a price worth paying to make the game safer.
Referees have been instructed to enforce a crackdown on dangerous tackles, particularly those that are high, as part of a drive to reduce instances of concussion.
The hard-line approach to officiating defence has produced a number of contentious red cards already this season, the highest profile being Danny Cipriani’s dismissal on Gloucester duty against Munster last month.
England welcome South Africa to Twickenham later this afternoon and Jones accepts that one result over the coming weeks is sure to be influenced by a sending off.
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“Yes it is inevitable, but so be it. If the game’s going to be better then that’s the price you’ve got to pay,” Jones said.
“I was involved in the original committee about the tackle height and we need to make the game safer.
“Has common sense been applied to the law? You’re probably better than me to make judgements on that, but the law is right and we need to keep moving in that direction.
“Everyone said when they brought in outlawing the tip-tackle that it would be a horrific situation. Within six months no one talks about a tip tackle now.
“It’s out of the game, it’s a safer game for the players and it’s the same thing that will happen with the tackle law.
“There will be an adjustment period that is always difficult, but we’ll get through that adjustment period and the game will be safer.”
What TV channel is England vs South Africa on?
The match will be shown live on Sky Sports Main Event in the UK.
Build-up to the match starts at 2pm GMT, ahead of kick-off at 3pm.
Existing Sky Sports customers will be able to stream the action via the Sky Go app, which can be downloaded across a host of devices.
Fans without a subscription can still live stream the match by purchasing a NOW TV sports pass.
Day Passes start at £7.99 and give you 24 hours of access to Sky Sports channels without locking into a contract.
Autumn Internationals TV schedule and fixture list
WEEK 1 – November 3
Japan vs New Zealand – Not televised, 5:45am
Wales vs Scotland – BBC 1, 2:45pm
England vs South Africa – Sky Sports Main Event/Action, 3pm
Ireland vs Italy – Channel 4/Premier Sports, 8pm
Source : EXPRESS