Owen Farrell cleared to face New Zealand as England star escapes citing for South Africa hit

OWEN FARRELL has been cleared to face the All Blacks.

The England fly-half was sweating over a citing for failing to wrap his arms around South Africa's Andres Esterhuizen in a brutal last-second collision in their Twickenham win.

 Owen Farrell has been cleared of an illegal tackle for his hit on Andre Esterhuizen

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Owen Farrell has been cleared of an illegal tackle for his hit on Andre Esterhuizen

But the match officials have ruled that there is no action for Farrell to face as the controversial, and also high tackle, didn't merit a red card.

Minutes earlier Springbok sub Esterhuizen had whacked Farrell with his own giant hit, leaving the Red Rose co-captain in agony.

Boks boss Rassie Erasmus was less than impressed with the Red Rose no.10.

He fumed: "If it was legal then we just have to do the same.

 Match officials decided Farrell did attempt to wrap his arm in the tackle on Esterhuizen

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Match officials decided Farrell did attempt to wrap his arm in the tackle on Esterhuizen
 The huge hit knocked the South Africa star off his feet but Farrell has been cleared to face New Zealand

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The huge hit knocked the South Africa star off his feet but Farrell has been cleared to face New Zealand

"If it is legal then we should do it because it is very effective. To tackle a guy like Esterhuizen like that and stop him in his tracks is unbelievable. We will have to try and practice it."

Tough-tackling Ben Te'o, Farrell's teammate, also backed his man following a ferocious Test match that went to the wire.

The centre said: "Owen was intense. He really wanted it so bad. That shot at the end was a big shot.

"It was a legal hit. Sometimes when a big shot is made on the chest, the head whips back. It can look bad in real time, but when you slow it down it's a chest shot.

"He had his arm to wrap, so it was a legal hit.

"Owen almost knocked himself out! That’s Owen – he plays with a lot of passion and he really wanted to finish with a win, so it was a big shot.

"He was banged up, he banged his hip pretty hard and he was struggling to get through that but he soldiered through and wanted that game."

England got together at their Bagshot base last night to face the All Blacks with flanker Tom Curry set for more checks on an ankle injury today.

However, no.8 Ben Morgan won't be considered for selection after it was revealed he picked up a shoulder injury last Tuesday, which was kept under wraps. Harlequins centre Joe Marchant has also been called up.

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OWEN FARRELL has been cleared to face the All Blacks.