Chris Ashton to miss the Six Nations after receiving a ten-week ban

The Saracans player was banned for an incident against Ulster's Luke Marshall

BY Daniel Kelly 14:07 Wednesday 20 January 2016, 14:07 20 Jan 2016

Saracens' Chris Ashton Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Morgan Treacy

Saracens star Chris Ashton looks set to miss the Six Nations after he banned for ten weeks. 

Ashton was cited for "allegedly making contact with the eye(s) and/or eye area" with Ulster star Luke Marshall. The independent Judicial Officer, Jean-Noel Couraud ruled the Ashton's actions should have resulted in a red card. He was banned for 12 weeks, with another week added as a deterrent, before having three weeks rescinded for previous good behaviour.

The ban will come as a major blow to Ashton's international aspirations. The 28-year-old was named in England's Six Nations squad by Ediie Jones after previously missing out on last year's Rugby World Cup. 

The rugby league convert has played 39-times for England. His last appearance came against New Zealand in 2014. He has not featured in a Six Nations game since England lost to Wales in March 2013.

Ashton can appeal the ban.

 

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