World Rugby hit England with heavy fine of £34,000 after the hosts failed to provide four players for non-right holders broadcasters

England were fined £34,000, half of which was suspended, for breaching the World Cup participation agreement for failing to meet their post-match media requirements following their defeat by Australia.

World Rugby are understood to have hit England with the heavy fine after the tournament hosts breached the protocol for failing to make at least 10 players available for the mixed zone for media interviews following the 33-13 defeat on Oct 3.


England are also understood to have failed to provide four players for non-right holders broadcasters following the defeat, which knocked Stuart Lancaster’s side out of the tournament.

England head coach Stuart Lancaster and his captain Chris Robshaw held a post-match press conference but only Northampton flanker Tom Wood and Saracens scrum-half Richard Wigglesworth appeared in the mixed zone.

It is thought that World Rugby determined that a heavy fine was appropriate amid concerns that it would set a dangerous precedent for other teams if the host nation were not punished significantly for failing to meet their obligations, even if the squad had been in a devastated state following the defeat.

It is understood that half the fine was suspended dependent on England’s behaviour for their final pool A match against Uruguay in Manchester, and having met their requirements by making 10 players available, the RFU’s fine was effectively reduced to £17,000.

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