England back Piers Francis has been cleared to play after a disciplinary panel decided not to uphold his citing for a red card after a high tackle.

Francis made the tackle on United States full-back Will Hooley during England’s 45-7 win on Thursday.

The panel said the tackle ought to have resulted in a yellow card on-field and did not meet the red card threshold.

US flanker John Quill was sent off for a high tackle on England’s Owen Farrell late in the match.

Australia’s Reece Hodge and Rey Lee-Lo of Samoa received three-match bans after being cited for high tackles.

High tackles are under heavy scrutiny at the World Cup, after World Rugby introduced new guidance to reduce head injuries.

The high-tackle framework was announced after a World Rugby study found tacklers were four times as likely to sustain a head injury if their tackle was high.

Quill became the first US player to be sent off at a Rugby World Cup for his dangerous tackle on Farrell in Kobe and has been banned for three weeks.

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