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Ellis Genge insisted Freddie Steward should not have been sent off in the pivotal incident of their defeat against Ireland.
Genge, the England prop, said team-mate showed no malice when connecting with Hugo Keenan's head and had actually been trying to turn away from the Irishman.
Though Genge refused to blame the loss on the incident just before half-time, he also suggested his team-mates agreed with him.
'I think we all agree about the red card. We play a contact sport. I don't want anyone to get hit in the head and I certainly don't want anyone chucking elbows and shoulders, but there was absolutely no malice in what Freddie did — no malice whatsoever.
'He didn't intend to hurt anyone; he's actually tried to pull out and not hurt the bloke so it was a complete and total accident for me and I don't think he can be punished like that. But a red is a red and we just had to deal with it.
Ellis Genge insisted Freddie Steward should not have been sent off against Ireland
Genge said his team-mate showed no malice when connecting with Hugo Keenan's head
'I feel for the ref to a certain degree. You have to make a