Elliot Daly given reduced three-week ban after England red card

The ban was halved from six months to three after Daly pleaded guilty

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Elliot Daly has been given a three-week ban following his red card for England against Argentina at Twickenham on Saturday.

The ban was originally set at six weeks but Daly’s guilty plea saw the punishment halved, meaning he is free to return to rugby from December 18.

That means head coach Eddie Jones will be without the centre for Saturday’s final autumn international against Australia at HQ but will be available for Wasps’ Christmas Eve fixture against Bath at the Ricoh.

Daly was dismissed five minutes into his eighth appearance for the Red Rose after colliding with Argentina’s Leonardo Senatore while the number eight was in the process of catching the ball in mid-air.

Senatore landed on his head and was unable to play any further part in the game because of the concussion protocols.

It was only the fifth red card in English rugby history and the first since Lewis Moody’s in 2004.

Jones was sympathetic with Daly but insisted the dismissal was the correct decision after the 27-14 win, which also saw Pumas’ Enrique Pieretto red carded late on for a stamp on the face on Joe Marler.

"Elliot made a judgement error. We all make them,” said Jones. “These things happen and you have to get on with it. I make an error of judgement every time I go outside, we all do it.

"He has to bounce back, he has no choice, mate. What is he going to do, sit in the corner and feel sorry for himself and never play rugby again?

"No one holds any recrimination against him and I don't understand the questioning on this. I have probably had five words with him saying just get on with it, there's nothing else to say."

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