Gloucester out-half, Danny Cipriani has received a three-week ban following a disciplinary hearing, for his tackle on Rory Scannell against Munster at the weekend.
The 30-year-old was sent off by referee, Alexandre Ruiz of France after 29 minutes for a dangerous tackle in contravention of Law 9.13, introduced as part of a crackdown on head-high challenges designed to reduce incidents of concussion-related injuries.
The England international has the right to appeal the decision. Gloucester have three rounds of matches in the English Premiership Cup, a tournament designed for emerging players, before resuming their top-flight English Premiership league campaign against Leicester on November 16, for which Cipriani would be available to play.
The incident is the latest in the string of controversies to hit the former Wasps player. He was recalled by England on their tour of South Africa in June, making his first international start for a decade an setting up a match-winning try in a third Test win over the Springboks.
But in August he pleaded guilty to charges of common assault and resisting arrest following a nightclub incident while on a pre-season training trip to the Channel Island of Jersey with Gloucester. He was fined by both Jersey magistrates and his club.
He was subsequently charged by England’s governing Rugby Football Union with “conduct prejudicial to the interest of the game”.
The charge was upheld following a lengthy hearing in Bristol, but he avoided further sanction.
Last week then saw Cipriani omitted by Jones, casting fresh doubt on his future as an England player ahead of next year’s World Cup in Japan.