World News – GB – The ‘dirty’ incident on Alun Wyn Jones and why the French are now very worried


Wales captain Alun Wyn Jones appeared to be punched in the face by France second row Bernard Le Roux during the fall warm-up match in Paris

France lock Bernard Le Roux could face disciplinary action after being confronted with Welsh skipper Alun Wyn Jones in the face in what has been called a « dirty » incident during the clash of Saturday night in Paris

The first half flash point, which occurred while Jones was lying on the floor, went completely unnoticed by referee Karl Dickson, his TMO or ITV cameras at the time

However, S4C focused on the unsavory moment, with video footage clearly showing South Africa-born Le Roux elbow Jones during a blackout confrontation.

Initially appearing to strike the skipper on the back of the head from behind, he wraps his arm around Jones’ neck As the couple tumble onto the grass, Le Roux’s right forearm comes in contact with the Jones face

The 48 hours after the game will be critical as a citation could follow – meaning Le Roux could face retrospective sanctions for the coup

ITV4 echoed Roux’s actions in his post-match summary, with Welsh rugby legend and expert Gareth Thomas saying: « For me he comes down with a forearm in the face

« As Alun Wyn Jones’ head tilts to the ground, the right elbow goes in and over his face »

Another expert James Hook, who has played 81 times for Wales, said: « There is definitely an intention there This right elbow, there is an intention there He knows exactly what he’s doing. done « 

S4C specialist Nicky Robinson said: « You can’t stand around the neck in the first place, but the biggest problem is when he’s on the ground, the elbow goes If the video referee had seen this, it should have been a red card

« It’s no accident, it looks terrible and he’s lucky that Alun Wyn is okay, got up, didn’t complain and continued the game But that’s why the video referee is there, to see the dirty play of the ball and this is clear and should be seen by someone « 

Wales boss Wayne Pivac declined to be drawn to the question in his post-match press conference, saying: « I did not see the incident myself but I was told about it

« I have no doubt that the officials in charge will take a look if they think there’s something in it »

Skipper Alun Wyn Jones himself took the opportunity to talk about exactly what had happened, telling S4C: « It’s for other people to watch

However, sections of the French rugby media appear concerned that Le Roux will face a sanction for his actions, which would exclude him from the Six Nations final against Ireland next weekend then that France would try to win the title

France, Ireland and England are each winning this year’s Six Nations title

Super Saturday sees Wales v Scotland start at 215pm, Italy v England start at 4.45pm UK time before the France-Ireland final at 8.05pm UK time. Staggered kickoffs mean the French and Irish will know exactly what to do before their Paris showdown

France and England are currently tied on points before the final round, although Les Bleus have a slightly worse point difference

England will expect to increase their advantage in points difference even further by participating in Trials against Azzurri, the last in Rome

France need to improve England’s result to win the title If they match England’s result then it’s the points difference

So if France gets the maximum of five points and England gets only four in Rome, then France is the champion

But if they draw or lose to Ireland then they are out of the game, with Ireland still hoping to take England to the title

Wales, France’s national rugby union team, Alun Wyn Jones, Six Nations Championship, France, Wayne Pivac

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