England coaches Alred and Stridgeon banned for Scotland game
Two members of England's coaching team have been suspended by the Rugby Football Union for the final pool game against Scotland on Saturday.
Kicking coach Dave Alred and fitness specialist Paul Stridgeon were banned for illegally switching balls during the comfortable victory over Romania on Saturday.
And after an internal RFU investigation, the pair will not be allowed to enter Eden Park for the crucial contest in Auckland.
"It's unfortunate that we have had to take this action but ultimately there was a breach of the laws of the game," said England manager Martin Johnson.
"But it's happened, some action has been taken and we have to move on."
Rugby World Cup organisers began an investigation after England were spotted swapping balls before a number of conversion attempts by fly-half Jonny Wilkinson during the first half of the Romania contest.
The laws state that a kicker must convert a try with the same ball that was touched down unless the referee states that the ball is defective.
The RFU stated that Alred and Stridgeon "mistakenly thought that there was an issue with some of the match balls".
The statement continued: "Those team management members took it upon themselves to substitute balls during the match in contravention of both the laws of the game and the spirit of the game.
"The RFU fully accepts that the action of those team management members was incorrect and detrimental to the image of the tournament, the game and to English rugby.
"The RFU has therefore decided to reprimand those team management members, to warn them as to their future conduct and to suspend them from participation in England's next game, the match between England and Scotland."
For their part, Rugby World Cup Limited said it was "appreciative of the decisive and timely action of the RFU" and that it would be taking no further action.
However, it warned England that any other breaches of the rules "will be dealt with severely".