Owen Farrell becomes first World Cup player to suffer humiliating punishment


England captain Owen Farrell has suffered becoming the first player in a World Cup to time out on a penalty.

The rule was only introduced on January 1 2023 as rugby looks to clamp down on time-wasting.

Farrell fell foul of the shot clock


Farrell fell foul of the shot clock
And his disappointment was plain to see


And his disappointment was plain to see
Fans in the stands could not believe the error


Fans in the stands could not believe the error

England were awarded a penalty in the 63rd minute with the score 11-17 to Samoa.

But Farrell took ridiculously long over the penalty and saw himself to become the first player to be punished at a World Cup by the new shot clock rule.

Fans in the Stade Pierre Mauroy were left bemused by the incident.

And fans on Twitter took a fair deal of schadenfreude in Farrell’s mistake.

One fan wrote: “It might not actually get better than sitting in a stadium full of Irish and Scottish people while Owen Farrell, in the middle of losing to Samoa, let’s the shot-clock run out on a penalty.”

Another attached a picture of laughing fan in the stands with the caption: “Perfect reaction to Owen Farrell’s kick.”

A third was frustrated with Farrell from an England fan’s perspective and wrote: “The arrogance of Owen Farrell is draining the life out of this England team.”

A fourth added: “Seeing Owen Farrell encountering any form of adversity” alongside a picture of Kylian Mbappe laughing hysterically.


Despite the embarrassing error, it wasn’t all bad for Farrell.

The fly-half broke England legend Johnny Wilkinson’s all time England point scoring record.

Farrell was ruled out of England’s two opening fixtures against Argentina and Japan but returned for The Red and Whites comprehensive win over Chile.

Farrell kicked eight conversions as part of the thrashing.

England ran out 18-17 winners against Samoa as part of a disappointing performance.

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