Rugby World Cup: England hit by second red card in two weeks in warm-up loss to Ireland

Ireland have kept up their winning ways with a 29-10 World Cup warm-up victory over hapless England, who will likely lose another player for part of the upcoming tournament, after a red card for Billy Vunipola.

In a game overshadowed by the surprise overturning of Owen Farrell's red card last week, subsequent appeal by World Rugby and England's decision to omit him, an eerily similar tackle by Vunipola will be the main talking point this week.

Even with 15 men, England caused the hosts few problems, despite a sloppy first half from the Six Nations winners that saw them lead 12-3, thanks to two outstanding team tries finished by Bundee Aki and Garry Ringrose.

Vunipola's 52nd-minute red for driving his shoulder into Andrew Porter's head only added to the lopsided nature of the game, as James Lowe, Mack Hansen and - to the delight of the home crowd - 100-cap Keith Earls added tries either side of a Kyle Sinckler consolation for England. 


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