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England suspends coaches for switching RWC ball

Updated: September 29, 2011, 01:44


AUCKLAND, New Zealand(AP) England has suspended coaches David Alred and Paul Stridgeon from Saturday's Rugby World Cup match against Scotland for switching the ball for Jonny Wilkinson's conversions last weekend.

The Rugby Football Union says kicking coach Alred and national fitness coach Stridgeon "mistakenly thought that there was an issue with some of the match balls'' in England's Pool C win over Romania.

England stopped switching after being warned during the game and has decided to deny the pair access to Eden Park as punishment.

The RFU says the behavior "was incorrect and detrimental to the image of the tournament, the game and to English rugby.''

Wilkinson missed five kicks at goal in the opening win over Argentina.

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