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England rugby star Marlie Packer escapes ban after dissent red

By Western Gazette - Yeovil  |  Posted: October 11, 2012

Marlie Packer, second from left, has escaped further punishment for her red card

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England rugby ace Marlie Packer has escaped further punishment for a red card during a Premiership match last month.

The Bristol flanker from Yeovil was called before a Rugby Football Union disciplinary hearing on Tuesday evening after her dismissal in the first half against Worcester.

The former Ivel Barbarians ace was charged with acts contrary to good sportsmanship, contrary to law 10.4 (m). However, the case was dismissed and Packer is immediately free to play having served a one game ban enforced by her club.

Former Yeovil College student Packer described the hearing that came just days after learning of her omission from the England squad to face France as a “reality check”.

National team coaches have chosen to cast their eyes over debutants and players returning from injury for the November test. Packer was told the news on her 23rd birthday.

She said: “It is a massive reality check. I was red carded the other week and then not selected for the England squad, so it has brought it all home.

“It shows you are not handed anything on a plate and you have got to work hard for everything in the game. As for the dissent on the pitch, I have learnt that sometimes you have just got to keep your mouth shut and walk away.

“I am very embarrassed and I apologised to the referee afterwards. It is not an image I want to portray.”

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