Ashton could be suspended for November Tests

England winger Chris Ashton could miss England one or more of the Autumn Internationals after he was summoned to an RFU disciplinary hearing.

Ashton received a post-match Level One citing – treated in the regulations as a yellow card for the totting up system – for a dangerous tackle on Vasily Artemyev in last Saturday’s Aviva Premiership match at Northampton Saints.

Earlier this season he was shown yellow cards for dangerous charging in the matches against London Irish (September 1) and Exeter Chiefs (September 23).

The recent yellow card takes his tally for the season to three which calls for a disciplinary hearing.

The Saracens star was not among the England players released for Premiership duty this weekend and if the RFU’s disciplinary panel decide to impose a suspension, it would not apply to weeks when he is inactive.

That means the next match Ashton is due to play is England’s Test against Fiji on November 10.

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