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Last Updated: Sunday, 2 November, 2003, 09:54 GMT
Woodward boosts Balshaw
England wing Iain Balshaw
Balshaw came off with an ankle injury
England boss Clive Woodward downplayed fears over wing Iain Balshaw's ankle injury after his side's 111-13 win over Uruguay.

Balshaw, who scored two tries in the game, fell awkwardly in a tackle and was stretchered off with what looked like a nasty injury.

But Woodward said: "Balshaw wanted to stay on - it was just our doctor over-reacting.

"He has a minor sprain to his ankle but he's already walking around and it's no problem."

Woodward said he was "very satisfied" with the result after his players ran in a total of 17 tries and conceded just one.

He added: "Our guys played really well and got a lot of width, although I'm not pleased they got a score."

The England boss also singled out the Uruguayan forwards for praise after pushing England's pack for much of the night.

"Well done to Uruguay," added Woodward. "It was difficult for them after playing on Tuesday night.

"Their forwards were fantastic. It was only a little easier for us in the backs, where we had space."

  • England flanker Joe Worsley, however, was castigated by Woodward after applauding England's fans having been sin-binned.

    Worsley was handed a yellow card in the dying minutes of the game for a high tackle on Joaquin Pastore, and Woodward called his reaction "ill-judged".

    The England boss said: "It was not a clever or sensitive thing to do and he's made a big big mistake.

    "I told him so but to do that was particularly ill-judged as the player was still lying on the ground. We all make errors and he certainly knows he made one."





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