World Cup: England won't appeal against one-match Sam Burgess ban
Last Updated: 31/10/13 12:14pm
Sam Burgess: Misses sold-out Ireland clash
England have decided not to appeal against the one-match ban handed out to forward Sam Burgess for his high tackle during Saturday's 28-20 opening World Cup defeat by Australia and he will sit out the sold-out clash with Ireland in Huddersfield.
The South Sydney enforcer was placed on report by referee Henry Perenara for the swinging arm that concussed Brisbane second-rower Sam Thaiday in the second half of the match at the Millennium Stadium.
He then received a one-game ban by an international match-review panel after being found guilty of a grade A careless tackle.
Burgess had the right to contest the decision at a hearing at the Rugby Football League's Leeds headquarters but England announced on Tuesday morning that he would not be appealing against the decision.
It means he will miss Saturday's second group A game against Ireland at a capacity John Smith's Stadium but is set to return against Fiji in Hull a week later.
England could have Wigan loose forward Sean O'Loughlin and Canterbury Bulldogs prop James Graham back to face the Irish to offset the loss of their most influential forward.