Eddie Jones has received another blow ahead of the November internationals with the news that Alex Lozowski has had his ban extended by the EPCR.
The centre was banned retrospectively after a citing complaint from his side’s win over the Glasgow Warriors in the first round of the Heineken Champions Cup.
Lozowski entered a ruck dangerously and the disciplinary panel gave him a two-week ban. This ban meant that the 25-year-old missed the 29-10 win over Lyon and he would also miss Saracens’ Premiership Cup fixture this weekend.
However, after the EPCR realised that Lozowski would not be involved in the Premiership Cup fixture due to him travelling to Portugal for an England training camp, the governing body extended his ban by a week so that he would miss England’s match against the Springboks.
You will find the statement from the EPCR below:
In accordance with World Rugby regulations, suspensions are imposed on the basis that a one-week period of suspension would ordinarily result in a player missing one match, so it was decided that Lozowski would miss his club’s Heineken Champions Cup, Round 2 match against Lyon on 20 October as well as the Premiership Cup match against Leicester Tigers on 27 October, and that he would be free to play on Monday, 29 October.
Subsequently, Lozowski was selected for an England squad training camp in Portugal, and on the basis of an agreement between the RFU and Premiership Rugby, it appeared that due to his participation in the England training camp, he would not be expected to play in Saracens’ Premiership Cup match on 27 October.
EPCR then requested that the independent Disciplinary Committee administratively review its decision on sanction with regard to the specific matches which would count towards Lozowski’s period of suspension.
The England Team Manager, Richard Hill, informed the Committee that Lozowski would be made available for selection for the Premiership Cup match in order for the match to count towards his suspension. However, it was decided that had the player not received a sanction, he would not in the normal course of events have been expected to play in the match against Leicester Tigers on 27 October.
The Committee concluded that in the context of Lozowski’s suspension, Saracens’ Premiership Cup match against Leicester Tigers should not be regarded as one that the player would have been expected to play in on account of his England squad selection.
It was therefore decided that Lozowski’s two-week period of suspension should take in Saracens’ Heineken Champions Cup, Round 2 match against Lyon, Saracens’ Premiership Cup match against Sale Sharks on Friday, 2 November and/or England’s international match against South Africa on Saturday, 3 November.
He is free to play on Monday, 5 November and has the right to appeal the reviewed decision.