England & Scots tight-lipped as tunnel footage of fracas emerges


A disciplinary hearing will be convened before a Six Nations Disciplinary Committee on Wednesday, while Hughes has avoided sanction.

6 Nations Rugby have suggested that they will be "writing to the unions to request clarification on what happened in the tunnel", specifically as to how things got out of hand, while the RFU have already suggested that they will back Farrell if it comes to it.

It was widely reported on Monday that Farrell had been provoked and that this was expected to form the basis of England's account of the incident. The incident occurred in the first half with No 8 Nathan Hughes.

Added to this was the pre-match incident involving Owen Farrell and a number of Scottish players in the tunnel as the two teams returned from the warm-up.

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While it is only the second loss in the 26 games under Jones, the fact that both have come at hostile away stadiums - following last year's loss in Dublin - has led to renewed questions about England's mental strength to cope with the biggest matches.

England swaggered into Murrayfield emboldened by a run of 24 wins from 25 Tests but were caught cold by Scotland's intensity and ambition with World Cup-winning captain Martin Johnson blaming complacency. We got beaten at the breakdown and we've got to find out why.

Jones will examine the fault lines when the squad gathers in Oxford for training this week, but he refuses to view the champions' fading control of the 2018 Six Nations as anything other than a temporary setback. If there was, we shouldn't let that detract from a great Scotland victory. Scotland were too good for us.

"We've got to take our medicine and learn".