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Last Updated: Monday, 3 November, 2003, 06:49 GMT
Worsley sorry for 'gesture'
Joe Worsley
Joe Worsley applauded despite being sent off the field
England flanker Joe Worsley has apologised for his "misplaced gesture", after being sin-binned, minutes before the end of Sunday's 111-13 win over Uruguay.

Worsley was sin-binned for a high hit on Uruguayan wing Joaquin Pastore and walked off slowly, returning the applause of the England supporters, while being booed by the crowd.

With England being accused of arrogance down under on an almost daily basis in the Australian media, coach Clive Woodward said Worsley's actions were misplaced.

"I've had some very serious words with Joe Worsley. I think he made a bad error and I was not happy at all with what he did," Woodward said.

I would like to unreservedly apologise to the Uruguay squad
Joe Worsley
"It wasn't appropriate especially considering one of their players was still down and I apologise on his behalf."

Worsley later issued a statement saying: "My gesture of applauding the crowd was a misplaced one and an error of judgement.

"I would like to unreservedly apologise to the Uruguay squad and their fans and wish them every success in the future.'"

Woodward said that he did not intend to fine the player.

"It was an error and he will learn from it but we all make mistakes," the coach said.

Earlier this week England were fined 10,000 and had fitness coach Dave Reddin banned from the touchline for two games, for briefly fielding 16 men against Samoa.



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