- New footage shows Owen Farrell running down the tunnel after Ryan Wilson
- Before the match, television cameras appeared to show Farrell and Wilson clash
- The RFU and its Scottish counterparts have been asked to provide their accounts
- The tussle in the Murrayfield tunnel occurred after sides completed warm-ups
New footage has emerged of Owen Farrell haring down the Murrayfield tunnel amid claims that Ryan Wilson ‘elbowed him’ ahead of the Calcutta Cup defeat on Saturday.
Television footage initially showed the England star being pulled away from Scotland players by his team-mates shortly before kick-off.
New footage has emerged of Owen Farrell running after Ryan Wilson down the tunnel
Farrell appears to be held back by a Scotland player before the situation reaches boiling point
Now, a close-up video from the mouth of the tunnel gives a new angle of the seemingly furious England No 12 raging after his Scottish opponent.
It was alleged the altercation was triggered by Scotland No 8 Wilson, who supposedly elbowed Farrell as the players returned to the changing rooms at the same time after warming up at Murrayfield.
However, these new pictures now cast doubt over the the guilty party was, with England’s goal-kicker appearing to seek out a player in the tunnel.
‘It was heated, with Farrell clearly agitated and being held back by his team-mates,’ a source told Sportsmail. ‘It wasn’t your average handbags — it was a proper scuffle.’
There was a pre-game tussle in the Murrayfield tunnel before Scotland vs England on Saturday
England must explain the tunnel fracas which occurred after players had done their warm-ups
Twenty-six-year-old England fly-half Farrell was at the centre of the tunnel row
Six Nations disciplinary officials wrote to England and Scotland on Sunday to demand their full version of events.
Farrell was gagged from talking to the media after the 25-13 defeat which ended England’s Grand Slam dream.
Finn Russell, Scotland’s fly-half, said: ‘I’m not sure what happened — I leave it to the big guys!’
During the game, Wilson was involved in another altercation with his opposite number, Nathan Hughes, and the RFU’s lawyers are understood to be examining footage ahead of a possible citing of the England No 8.
The matchday citing officer has 48 hours to decide whether to order an official enquiry into players’ conduct — with a decision due by Monday night.
Farrell charged past a Scotland player before they became engaged in a shoving contest
Footage of the skirmish was broadcast by the BBC at half time in the Six Nations match
As one of the most competitive characters in the England squad, Farrell does not shy away from confrontation. The 26-year-old plays on the edge with a naturally aggressive style, but has lately managed to contain his petulant streak to become one of the best players in the world.
Wilson was banned for three months in 2015 for assaulting a rival player in a kebab shop. On that occasion, the victim, who was dressed as Tweedledee for a fancy dress party, was left with a fractured eye socket and pressed charges against Wilson, who was dressed in a Batman costume.
England also face an anxious wait to hear if Sam Underhill will be banned for a no-arms tackle on Scotland prop Jamie Bhatti.
The flanker was shown a yellow card by Nigel Owens, but could face additional disciplinary action ahead of the trip to France for their match in Paris a week on Saturday.
Scotland No 8 Wilson, who is alleged to have elbowed Farrell (pictured above)
Eddie Jones’s England squad will reconvene in Oxford on Tuesday but the forecast poor weather — a cold front coming in from the east — has forced the camp to be cut short, with eight fringe players taking part in ‘mini-satellite camps’ around the country.
‘We have a massive two weeks leading up to the game in France and we need to get that preparation right,’ said Jones, who claimed he was not aware of the tunnel fracas.
‘When we lose we learn from it and we will just keep learning from it. It is not the end of the world — the end of the world might come when the Beast From the East comes.’
As revealed by Sportsmail, Jones could turn to Leicester centre Manu Tuilagi, who scored a try on Sunday in his team’s 28-20 away win over Saracens, to boost his squad after Saturday’s defeat.
‘If he can get a couple of extra cylinders in his engine then yes, of course we will,’ said Jones. ‘But he’s got to find a couple of extra cylinders.’
–Credit: Sport | Mail Online