World Rugby announce probe into England vs Argentina game


World Rugby have announced that they are looking into what went wrong at the England v Argentina game on Saturday night, with many fans missing the start of the game due to congestion at the Stade Velodrome in Marseille.

There were also chaotic scenes reported at Ireland’s game against Romania in Bordeaux on Saturday afternoon with a warning sent out to Wales fans ahead of their game with Fiji, advising them to allow extra travel time.

England defeated Argentina 27-10 in their tournament opener, despite losing flanker Tom Curry after just two minutes following a head collision with Pumas fullback Juan Cruz Mallia.

But many fans missed the incident with the stadium just over half-full to begin with as fans rushed to try and get in to catch the game, amid massive delays.

The delays have been attributed to slow security checks, as well as fans arriving too close to kick-off and gathering around the gates.

“We are aware of delays experienced by fans entering Stade de Marseille for the Rugby World Cup 2023 Pool D match between England and Argentina,” a World Rugby statement said.

“While fans were able to take their seats, fan experience is paramount, and we are working with all stakeholders to establish the facts and implement measures to prevent such delays for the remaining Rugby World Cup 2023 matches at the venue.”

Let’s hope things are under control for round two.

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