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Joe got both barrels’ says Woodward

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Worsley was yellow-carded by referee Nigel Williams after tackling winger Joaquin Pastore around the neck, but he began applauding the crowd as he walked off, while Pastore was still down, and gave a mock bow.

Woodward was quick to admonish his player and the 26-year-old Worsley later admitted he was wrong and apologised.

"My gesture of applause to the crowd was a misplaced one and an error of judgment," said Worsley, "I would like to unreservedly apologise to the Uruguay squad, and fans, and wish them every success in the future."

The England boss said he was disappointed with Worsley and made his feelings very clear after the game.

"I was disappointed with what Joe Worsley did when he walked off the pitch when he had been yellow-carded and he got both barrels from me, as soon as I walked in the changing-room door I couldn't get to him quick enough," Woodward said.

"He made an error, but apart from that we are not an arrogant team, this is probably the least arrogant group of people that I have ever worked with. So Joe's action didn't help with all the various people who are too ready to put the boot in over here. But generally we have just got to take it and move on, Joe made an error and that is it."

* England racked up 111 points against Uruguay and not only secured pole position in Pool C but also meant that £2,550 will be donated by sponsors Zurich to the Nick Duncombe Memorial Fund, a charity set up in memory of the young NEC Harlequins and England scrum-half who died earlier in 2003, with Zurich pledging £10 for every point England have scored so far.


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