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Saracens Winger Ashton Could Be Out For Months After Being Cited

BARNET, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 17: Chris Ashton of Saracens runs with the ball during the Aviva Premiership match between Saracens and Northampton Saints at Allianz Park on September 17, 2016 in Barnet, England. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

Saracens and England winger Chris Ashton will appear before an RFU disciplinary panel on Tuesday in London having been charged with acts contrary to good sportsmanship (law 10.4 (m)), according to Premiership Rugby’s official website. 

Ashton, who has scored 19 tries in 39 appearances for his country, has been cited for allegedly biting Northampton prop Alex Waller twice during his team’s 27-12 victory at Allianz park.

The former Northampton flyer, is alleged to have bitten Waller in the 24th and 25th minute of Saturday’s ill-tempered clash.

If found guilty on Tuesday, Ashton could, according to The Guardian, be handed a minimum ban of twelve weeks and a maximum ban of 24 weeks.

A ban would represent the former league star’s second suspension of the season. Back in January he was handed a ten-week ban for gouging Ulster and Ireland centre Luke Marshall, during an European Champions Cup match.

Consequently, he missed the Six Nations after having been named in Eddie Jones’ 33-man squad.

Ashton, who has yet to score this season, also raised controversy in some quarters back in May when he declined an invitation to go on the England Saxons’ two-test June tour of South Africa.

The 29-year-old made the decision not to tour due to the fact that his wife was due to give birth to their first child during the end of June, with the move apparently given the green light by Jones.

The prodigious try scorer has not played for the Red Rose since England’s summer tour to New Zealand in 2014, missing out on Stuart Lancaster’s 2015 Rugby World Cup squad.

Tuesday’s disciplinary panel will be chaired by Phillip Evans QC with Tom Rees and Paula Carter also a part of the panel.

Hefin Jones, Pundit Arena

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